Monthly Archives: November 2019

The Cut: Exploring FGM

Why does the dangerous and painful practice of female genital mutilation persist in so many countries across the world? At least 200 million girls and women alive today have undergone female genital mutilation (FGM), the partial or total removal of the external female genitalia, also known as “cutting”.It’s a practice most prevalent in Africa, the Middle East […]

Nearly 400 children rescued and 348 adults arrested in Canadian child pornography bust

Toronto Police Service Detective Constable Lisa Belanger (L) and Inspector Joanna Beaven-Desjardins of the Toronto Police Service Sex Crimes Unit (R) announce hundreds of arrests in a global child exploitation investigation Project Spade on Nov. 14. at a press conference at Toronto Police Headquarters.Toronto Police via EPANov. 15, 2013, 5:37 AM SASTBy Daniella Silva, NBC News […]

Who buys a trafficked child for sex? Otherwise ordinary men.

By Tim Swarens More than 1 million children, according to the International Labour Organization, are exploited each year in the commercial sex trade. IndyStar columnist Tim Swarens, through the support of a Society of Professional Journalists fellowship, spent more than a year investigating a lucrative business where children are abused with low risk to buyers or traffickers, […]

“When we hear our neighbours screaming, we have an obligation”

By Aisha Abdool Karim and Madison Yauger Forum hears recommendations to fight gender-based violence A better community response to gender-based violence was necessary as well as visible policing, Glenda Gray, South African Medical Research Council President, said at a forum on Tuesday. “When we hear our neighbours screaming, we have an obligation to ring that bell, phone security […]

Missing 15-year-old Girl Trafficked in Porn, 58 Videos Found

WRITTEN BY JEWELL BARAKA After being trafficked in porn for nearly a year, a 15-year old girl is finally free. The crimes perpetrated against her are clear because they were recorded and posted on porn websites. Sex trafficking has been most often associated with prostitution, but as this case reminds us sex trafficking also happens in […]

SA children at huge risk of sex exploitation

30 OCTOBER 2019, 07:11AM / CHELSEA NTULI Pretoria – Children in South African are at considerable risk of becoming victims of sexual exploitation as a result of high levels of violence, inequality and poverty. In a new briefing paper launched yesterday by the global network of civil society organisations that works to end the sexual exploitation of […]

Rare video of underage marriage in Iran: the ‘bride’ is aged 11

Photos of the marriage.WOMEN’S RIGHTS / IRAN– 09/06/2019 Rare video of underage marriage in Iran: the ‘bride’ is aged 11 Become an Observer ContributeA video showing an 11-year-old girl marrying her 22-year-old cousin in rural Iran has drawn new attention to a practice many Iranians believe to be in decline. But our Observer says child marriage is […]

Prince Harry Teams up with Rugby Star Who Revealed HIV Status to Break Stigma of Testing

Prince Harry and rugby star Gareth Thomas joined players and people living with HIV to talk about the importance of testing By Simon Perry Video: blob: Prince Harry and a sporting legend joined forces on Friday to help highlight the need for more understanding about HIV — and to beat the stigma surrounding testing. Harry teamed up […]

Woman killed by ex-boyfriend after police were warned 18 times of his abuse

Laura Stuart told officers her partner was threatening ‘to finish her’ three days before attack   Emma Snaith Friday 16 August 2019 14:00  A woman was killed by her ex-boyfriend after reporting his abuse to police 18 times before her death, it has emerged. Laura Stuart was subjected to escalating “distress, isolation and humiliation” in the two years […]

Zimbabwean sex slaves freed in SA

by Staff reporter MORE than 30 Zimbabwean women suspected to be victims of human trafficking were rescued by South African police from brothels in eMalahleni, formerly Witbank, in Mpumalanga province where their captors used them as sex slaves. The Zimbabweans were part of a group of 50 victims among them males, from other countries which […]