Wednesday, September 29, 2004

UN warns on South Asia child sex

The trade in women and children for sex is spiralling out of control in South Asia, the UN children's fund, Unicef, has warned. South Asia provides most of the 500,000 women and children trafficked each year in Asia, Unicef estimates.
"It is one of the blights of South Asia. The situation is getting out of hand," Unicef regional director Sadig Rasheed said in Sri Lanka. "We are facing a very serious situation here in South Asia. The situation is nothing short of, I would say, modern-day slavery."

War in countries such as Nepal and Afghanistan was making matters worse, as thousands of young people left in search of a better future - and ended up in the sex trade.

Source: BBC, Sept. 29/04.