Thailand: sex slavery of women and children out of control

Thailand: sex slavery of women and children out of control

Douglas, Carol Anne

BANGKOK-UNICEF, the U.N. children’s agency, warned in October that trade in women and children for sex in South Asia is out of control. UNICEF estimates that 500,000 women and children are trafficked each year in Asia.

Half of the people held in slavery worldwide are in Asia, UNICEF regional director Dr. Sadig Rasheed told the BBC.

Although not all slaves are forced into the sex trade, “a considerable proportion will have become involved in such exploitation,” Rasheed said. “While many of those represented by these daunting figures may end up in other forms of hazardous and harmful labor, a significant proportion of the young ones will be providing sexual services.”

Rasheed urged governments to reduce poverty and inequality-the roots causes of slavery.

He said the problem would stop “tomorrow” if men would say “no” to exploitative sex.

-info from BBC 10/5/04

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