posted on Sep, 29 2004 @ 02:47 PM
The trade in women and children for sex is spiralling out of control in South Asia, says children's fund, Unicef. South Asia provides most of the
500,000 women and children trafficked each year in Asia. The victims are usually teenage girls. This problem could be stopped so easily, but it
"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. He said
many problems could be stopped "tomorrow" if men said no to child sex.
Referring to a "rising tide of commercial sexual exploitation" in the region, Dr Rashid said numbers being trafficked in Asia represented nearly half
the world total - and South Asia was bearing the brunt.
"We are facing a very serious situation here in South Asia. The situation is nothing short of, I would say, modern-day slavery, it is a market to
satisfy South Asian men."
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There are also cases of young boys being used and abused in the child sex industry. There are reported incidences of boys being traded for sex, such
as in Sri Lanka where foreign paedophiles lure beach boys with money.
It seems that more and more women and children are leaving countries like Nepal and Bangladesh and many are ending up being abused in a highly
lucrative sex trade.
The war struck countries only make matters worse for the situation at hand. Wars leave thousands of people homeless, and in the search of a better
life. The better life that most of them end up getting is a hard, and illegal life in the sex industry.
"How very sad. What an indictment. What a complete failure for family, government and of us all."
This is one place that the government need to step in. There need to be strict laws against this happening, or the lives of the ones involved will
only continue in a downward sprial.