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‘No girl is safe’: The mothers ironing their daughters’ breasts

Cameroonian girls are enduring a painful daily procedure with long lasting physical and psychological consequences. by Philip Obaji Jr. Ogoja, Nigeria – For most children, their birthday is a time of celebration. But that was not the case for Mirabel when she turned 10.  For Mirabel, a Cameroonian refugee living in Nigeria, turning 10 marked the […]

Fashion executive accused in rape lawsuit reportedly hosted Prince Andrew at Bahamas estate

A millionaire fashion executive accused of raping 10 women and girls at his Bahamas mansion reportedly hosted Prince Andrew and his family at the property in 2000. A class action lawsuit lodged in New York City claims that Peter Nygard lured “young, impressionable, and often impoverished children and women” to his Bahamas property with cash payments and promises of […]

Time to shut down Pornhub, activist says, amid instances of child rape appearing on website

The time to shut down the largest online streaming site for porn is now, some say, particularly in light of how children being raped and trafficked have shown up on the platform. In an Sunday op-ed in the Washington Examiner, Laila Mickelwait, director of abolition of the prostitution abolitionist organization Exodus Cry, documented several instances in the past […]

Queen’s reign questioned amid her family’s ongoing legal drama

It was a disastrous year for the royal family. But there are alarming signs that the situation is about to get a lot worse for the Queen. OPINION Silence. No terse statement or sterile few sentences appearing on official letterhead. Since the latest sorry chapter in the Prince Andrew saga erupted earlier this week, Buckingham Palace has […]

Violence, inequality and poverty put children at risk of sexual exploitation

Gaps in funding, weak enforcement of laws and mediocre co-ordination by government departments to implement them are highlighted BY IAVAN PIJOOS SA has been ranked 16 out of the 60 countries scored by the Out of the Shadows Index on the country’s response to child sexual exploitation and abuse.Image: 123RF/Artit Oubkaew High levels of violence, inequality and […]

Cheap as bread, girls sell sex to survive drought crisis in Angola

Girls as young as 12 are selling themselves for sex, sometimes for as little as R6, in Angola to feed themselves and their families.Image: 123rf/ Rafael Ben-Ari Young girls in southern Africa are selling sex — sometimes for less than the cost of a loaf bread — to survive a hunger crisis ensnaring tens of millions, […]

137 would-be child labourers, prostitutes rescued in Ivory Coast

BY AFP The 137 rescued children from an Ivory Coast human trafficking ring are from neighbouring countries including Nigeria, Niger, Benin, Ghana and Ivory Coast authorities have rescued 137 children from neighbouring countries who were destined to work as labourers or prostitutes, the national body fighting child labour said Monday. The operation took place last week […]

Court: Chinese nationals accused of human trafficking in Joburg

Image via Twitter: iMoviekasi @iMoviekasi The defence in the bail hearing of seven Chinese nationals arrested last year for alleged human trafficking and violation of the country’s labour laws told the Johannesburg Magistrate’s Court this week that the case against them was “flawed and non-existent”.  Lawyer, Jan Christophe Kruger from David H Botha, Du Plessis […]

Nigerian pastor apologises to SA for some of his countrymen dealing in drugs and prostitution

Nigerian nationals living in South Africa have partnered with locals to start dialogues aimed at ending the differences between the two countries. The initiative under the banner called Nig-SA Unity Forum was officially unveiled in Midrand on Wednesday. It is made up of pastors, academics, the business community and civil society from both countries who […]