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.

Sunday, September 26, 2004

OSCE Calls for Action Against Human Trafficking

The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, OSCE, on Thursday urged governments to improve the human rights protection for victims of forced illegal immigration, or trafficking.

Christian Strohal, director of OSCE's Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights, said: "We know trafficking is a terrible abuse of human rights, effectively a form of slavery, slavery in the sex industry, but also slavery in labor," he said.

According to OSCE estimates, hundreds of thousands of people, most of them women and girls, are trafficked in Europe every year in what is a billion-euro (dollar) illegal industry.

An international conference in Helsinki, ending Friday, aims to set standards for assistance and protection for the victims, improving their social standing, access to legal assistance and rights to financial compensation, according to organizers.

Source: Agence France-Presse.