Eileen - Sex Trafficking and Forced Prostitution - an Agenda

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  • Topic: Nicholas D. Kristof, Prostitution, Sheryl WuDunn
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  • Published : October 10, 2010
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Sex trafficking and forced prostitution - An agenda to wake up for. Srey Rath was any other Cambodian girl with long black hair, light brown face and a look of self-confidence, who loved to sing and dance, help her mum in the kitchen and chat around with her friends. At 15 years of age, that changed forever. Taking an offer on being a dishwasher in Thailand, she was handed over to gangsters, being brutally beaten and forced into prostitution at one of the brothels. Being an underage and hardly knowing anyone, Srey had no choice but to comply with their needs. She managed to escape a few years later and sought help from one of the social workers upon reaching Cambodia and the American Assistance for Cambodia helped her set up a stall to sell things and to rebuild her life. Rath's saga provides a glimpse of the brutality inflicted on many woman and girls in particular in much on the world, a malignancy that is slowly gaining reputation as one of the most disturbing human rights problem of this century. In the early 1990's, a common estimate for the number of prostitutes in China is 1 million, which had increased to 3 million by 2002. An estimated 2 to 3 million woman in India are prostitutes. Most of these statistics are normally difficult to establish because of the uncertainty arising on "forced" and "at will" categorization. Two American journalists, Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn who wrote the book Half the Sky, stated that according to a psychological study under these statistics, people are likely to be moved by individual cases and not by large-scale issues when they try to galvanize a public response to suffering. One of the causes towards these escalating numbers is fear of woman in speaking up and defending themselves due to the physical and psychological trauma that they had experienced. Rath eventual triumph is a reminder that if girl can get a chance, in the form of education or microloan, they can be more than baubles or slaves, many of them...
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