Sex Sells: Slavery in the Modern Day

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Sex trafficking is a lucrative business. As the world’s oldest profession it is now one of the fastest growing in an industry worth billions. The United Nations estimates that human trafficking generates more than $31.6 billion each year which makes it the second-most lucrative illicit market in the global economy after the drug trade. It is calculated that 2.5 million people are trafficked each year, of which 1.2 million are children. It has survived the global financial crunch and continues to grow year upon year.

By Koyrun Nahar | 01 December 2013

Rohingya Women: the World's Forgotten Plight

Two months ago, as Burmese Nobel Laureate Aung San Syu Kii toured the UK to great acclaim, her countrywoman Amina (not her real name) met her death in the most terrifying way possible. Having been assaulted and held down by soldiers, Amina was gang-raped in the village of Pandaung Pin (Nalwborna Para) in Maungdaw, Myanmar. Since 8th June 2012, dozens of girls and women - some as young as twelve and barely acquainted with menstruation - have suffered the same fate.

By Tehmina Kazi | 07 September 2012

Unholy Matrimony: Bride Kidnapping In Ethiopia

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Women in Ethiopia have faced years of discrimination and have fought the challenges set by the patriarchal society of their country. Nevertheless, we see much more active women raising their voices and asking for change. The discriminatory political, economic and social rules and regulations prevailing in Ethiopia have barred women from rising to their full potential. Without equal...

 

By Meli Sa | 12 August 2012