Selling women into prostitution decried

Associated Press

DHAKA, Bangladesh — Thousands of Bangladeshi women and girls are sold as prostitutes or otherwise trafficked every year in India, Pakistan and the Middle East, a U.N. official said Saturday ahead of three-day regional conference on child exploitation.

Shahida Azfar, of the United Nations Children’s Fund, said that over the last 15 years, up to 500,000 Bangladeshi females had been lured out of the country with promises of work or marriage — but many were simply sold into brothels.

Citing a recent agency study on child exploitation, Azfar also said Bangladeshi children are increasingly sexually abused at home by family members.

Delegates will draw up plans for fighting such trends at the UNICEF-sponsored conference, which begins today in the Bangladeshi capital of Dhaka.

Organized in tandem with the Bangladesh government, it brings together 175 government officials, human rights activists and volunteer workers from seven South Asian nations.

Acknowledging the growing problem of child exploitation in Bangladesh, the country’s top official at the Women and Children’s Affairs Ministry, Ehsanul Huq, noted that Bangladesh enacted the death penalty for child smugglers last year.

At today’s conference, representatives from Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan and the Maldives will prepare a common South Asian strategy to present at the Second World Congress against Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children scheduled for Dec. 17-20 in Yokohama, Japan.

The first such conference was held in Stockholm, Sweden, in 1996.

Copyright ©2001 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Talk to us

More in Local News

Arif Ghouseat flips through his work binder in his office conference room Paine Field on Monday, Dec. 10, 2018 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Paine Field Airport director departing for Sea-Tac job

Arif Ghouse, who oversaw the launch of commercial air travel at Paine Field, is leaving after eight years.

NO CAPTION. Logo to accompany news of education.
Public school enrollment still down, even as rural districts grow

Smaller districts in Snohomish County seem to be recovering more quickly — and gaining students — than their urban counterparts.

Angelica Montanari and daughter Makena, 1, outside of the Community Health Center of Snohomish County Everett-Central Clinic on Thursday, Feb. 2, 2023. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Amid patient woes, CHC of Snohomish County staffers push for a union

Doctors and nurse practitioners are worried about providers being shut out from clinical decisions, which hurts patient care.

Students make their way after school at Edmonds-Woodway High School on March 12, 2020. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
After Edmonds schools internet outage, staff ‘teaching like it’s the 1900s’

“Suspicious activities” on the district’s network delayed classes and caused schedule havoc. “Kids are using pencil and paper again.”

NO CAPTION NECESSARY: Logo for the Cornfield Report by Jerry Cornfield. 20200112
Retooling drug laws, protecting octopus and honoring a cactus

It’s already Day 26. Here’s what’s happening in the 2023 session of the Washington Legislature

April Berg, left, and John Lovick
Snohomish County legislators talk race, policy in Seattle

Rep. April Berg and Sen. John Lovick chatted about Tyre Nichols and education at an event kicking off Black History Month.

A suspect removes a rifle bag from a broken rear window of a Seattle police car on May 30 in downtown Seattle. An Everett man, Jacob D. Little, 24, has been charged with the theft of the high-powered rifle stolen from the car. This image is from the criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court. 20200904
Everett man sentenced for stealing police gun in Seattle protest

Jacob Little, 26, now faces second-degree murder charges for allegedly killing a man in Renton in August 2020.

Switzerland delegate Markus Herrmann listens while 12th grade students speak with him during a special event set up for their AP Comparative Government class at Glacier Peak High School on Thursday, Feb. 2, 2023 in Snohomish, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
European delegates talk American culture with Glacier Peak students

Representatives from 18 different EU countries made a stop in Snohomish during their US tour.

Community Transit is leasing a 60-foot articulated BYD battery electric bus this year as an early step in the zero emission planning process. (Community Transit)
Community Transit testing 60-foot electric bus

The agency leased the BYD K11M for $132,000 this year as the first step in its zero-emission planning process.

Most Read