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Girl enslaved for begging at age 8, for prostitution with tourists at age 13

The following episode was reported in the US Department of State's 2009 report on trafficking in persons:

When Julia was 8, a man took her and her sisters to a neighboring country and forced them to beg on the streets until their early teens, when he sold them into prostitution. Julia’s traffickers expected her to bring in a certain amount of money each day or face beatings. At 14, Julia ran away, eventually coming under the supervision of local authorities. They placed her in an… Continue

Added by Ronald S. Ratney on August 4, 2009 at 5:01pm — No Comments

The Life(?) of a Child Sex Slave in Cambodia

Cambodia is a world center for sex tourism so it is likely that many of the customers of the girl in this story were foreign sex tourists.

If This Isn’t Slavery, What Is?

By Nicholas D. Kristof, Op-Ed Columnist

Originally published by The New York Times, January 3, 2009

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia - Barack Obama’s presidency marks a triumph over the legacy of slavery, so it would be particularly meaningful if he led a new abolitionist movement against… Continue

Added by Ronald S. Ratney on July 26, 2009 at 11:00pm — No Comments

Community Leaders in Kenya Speak About Child Prostitution

The following quotations appeared in the publication: The Extent and Effect of Sex Tourism and Sexual Exploitation of Children on the Kenyan Coast, published in 2007 by UNICEF

Shanzu Elder: “ if we were to visit a place like Aloha, so that you see for yourself the activities I have been telling you about. As seeing is believing, there you will find small children involved in giving Europeans massages. They have even gone to the extent of establishing businesses to do with massaging.… Continue

Added by Ronald S. Ratney on July 19, 2009 at 6:47pm — 2 Comments

A Victime of Child Sex Tourism Speaks

The following article was originally published by UNICEF in 2006.

A recent UNICEF-backed report on the effect of sex tourism in Kenya finds that exploitation thrives because many in local communities look the other way.

By Pamella Sittoni

A new report conducted by UNICEF and the Government of Kenya finds that thousands of girls in coastal tourist areas are being exploited in the sex-for-cash industry. Here is one girl’s story.

MOMBASA, Kenya, 20… Continue

Added by Ronald S. Ratney on July 15, 2009 at 10:46pm — 1 Comment

A Blight on the World of Travel: Sexual Tourism

Travelers journey to the four corners of the world for all the right reasons: to meet and socialize with people from different cultures, to experience firsthand the marvels of nature and human ingenuity, and volunteering for the benefit of the environment or for local residents. But there are people who travel the world for a less benign reason, child sexual tourism. The term usually refers to travel to a foreign country or region to engage in sexual activities with children. This article is… Continue

Added by Ronald S. Ratney on July 6, 2009 at 12:31pm — 1 Comment

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