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Trafficking in persons and HIV/AIDS Adding another bleak dimension to the sordid world of sex slavery, young girls who have been trafficked abroad into prostitution are emerging as an AIDS risk factor in their home countries, according to a study, in the Journal of the American Medical Association, lead author, Jay G. Silverman, a professor of human development at Harvard’s School of Public Health. Girls who were forced into prostitution before age 15 and girls traded between brothels were particularly likely to be infected, the study found. Shunned by their families and villages on their return, they sometimes end up selling themselves again, increasing the risk. Brothel owners pay twice as much for young girls, Dr. Silverman said, and charge more for sex with them, sometimes presenting them as virgins, because men think young girls have fewer diseases or believe the myth — common in some countries — that sex with a virgin cures AIDS. The victims of kidnapping and rape may be forced to keep selling themselves. They may also become pregnant and, without treatment, infect their children. Worldwide, about 500,000 young women are trafficked each year, according to the United State Department. Most of the 150,000 trafficked in southern Asia end up working as prostitutes in Indian cities, according to the United States Congressional Research Service. Rights agencies said a decade ago that up to 7,000 women from Nepal were trafficked to India each year; civil strife has presumably increased that number.

Source: What to do about Trafficking in persons - Resource Manual produced by Molo Songololo & UNODC


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What to do about Trafficking in persons - Resource Manual produced by Molo Songololo & UNODC 1 Produced by © Molo Songololo 2007 A resou...