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Almost five years have passed, but for the victim, time has stood still, her story becoming an obstacle to her education, employment and personal relationships. She said she had tried to kill herself.
A lack of capacity in social welfare centres means that many children - mainly from Kosovo's Roma, Ashkali, and Egyptian communities - are left to fend for themselves, forced into work from an early age despite the dangers. Despite the odd police operation against human traffickers or abusive parents, Kosovo's state institutions largely turn a blind eye.
Supported by Caritas Albania, UNHCR and Caritas Austria and Caritas Italy, a new exhibition in Tirana called "The Dreams We Carry" shows portraits of refugees that have come to Albania. Most of the pictures were taken at border points, mostly at the Greek-Albanian border called Kapshtica, at nearby refugee reception centres.
Under questioning, he admitted selling drugs for a dealer who paid him a fixed monthly wage of 10,000 leks, or roughly 82 euros. He refused to name the dealer.
The boy is one a growing number of minors used as distributors by organised drug gangs operating in densely-populated districts of Tirana, in exchange for a meagre wage.