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Bali escorts, who are the norm in the Middle East, have become a target for ISIS and other terrorist groups, who target them for kidnapping and extortion.
The Arab country has become the epicentre of the Middle Eastern migrant crisis, with millions of migrants from Africa, Asia and the Middle-East seeking to cross into Europe in search of work and a better life.
According to the UN Refugee Agency, more than 5.6 million migrants and refugees have entered the region in 2015, of whom 1.5 million are from Africa and the rest from the Middle and Eastern region.
Most are fleeing violence and poverty in their home countries, and the majority are fleeing poverty and war, according to UN figures.
The majority are male, between the ages of 25 and 54, and are between the age of 15 and 34.
They have a median annual income of $3,000, according a UNHCR report.
Many of them work as maids, waitresses, cooks and housekeepers, the agency said.
They often face the threat of sexual assault and other forms of discrimination in the countries they flee.
The agency said in a statement that the number of Bali-escort-related kidnap cases was up to 8,000 last year, compared to 1,400 the year before.
Some Bali men have reported being abducted by ISIS.
In June, Bali man Ibrahim Abdi Al-Qadhi, a 27-year-old doctor, told Al Jazeera that he was kidnapped by masked men while returning from work in Mosul.
He said they stripped him naked, bound his hands and feet, and threatened him if he did not pay.
“They demanded the money in front of me.
I paid, and they left me,” he said.”
My wife was there with me, but I was afraid that they would find out and kill her.”
Al-Qaddhi said he was eventually freed from the kidnappers’ clutches, but that his family had been taken hostage by ISIS since.
Al-Khaliq, an Egyptian Bali, who works in Mosul, said he had been abducted in February 2016.
He told Al- Jazeera he had worked as a Bali for seven months, and was paid $500 a month, before being taken away.
“I was released only to find out that they had kidnapped my wife and daughter,” he told Al Jazeera.
Al Khaliq said he and his wife, Aisha, had been forced to work in a field for a week in a desert area of the city, before they were released.
“We are scared because we have been kidnapped,” he added.
“If we want to escape, we have to go to Mosul.”
Al Jazeera’s Mohammed Saad reported from Baghdad.