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estimated 150,000 girls work as prostitutes in Angeles, Philippines and
of that 30,000 are children, some as young as six years old. Young
girls are forced to work up to 20 hours a day and expected to service
up to 100 customers a week. In return they get a bowl of rice while
the owners rake in millions.
the bars are owned by Americans, Australians and Germans. They pay off
corrupt police, military, barangy and city hall officials. The bars are
visited by politicians, diplomats and other well known personalities
in search of children. The girls are locked away to sleep watched over
by armed security guards who carry shotguns and batons. The buildings are
surrounded by razor wire as used in prisons.
The average life expectancy of a bar girl is 25. The customers are foreign
who dares speaks out is quickly disposed of by the gangs. Ning-Ning was
just 16 years old when she was taken from her province of Samar, Philippines,
by the prostitution crime gangs of Angeles City, Philippines. "They
put me in a dark room with dozens of other young girls. Everyone
was coughing and sick. You were not allowed to talk or the guards would beat you. They forced you to service up to 20 customers a
day. You were
a few hours sleep. If you were lucky they fed you some stale rice with
When you slept they chained you to the bed. After what I think was a few
months I got
sick. They decided to get rid of me one night. They drove me to near the
base of a Mountain.
They walked me to the edge of a cliff of a dried up river. As they got
there gun I just decided
to jump. I don't know how but I survived the fall. They thought I was dead
and I heard
them laughing. I think I was there for two days unable to move. I was rescued
local who took me to his house and his family took care of me. When I was
they sent me back to my province. I heard later that when the gangs found
out what happened
they tortured and killed the family". Ning-Ning is now 20 and is a Human
Campaigner fighting for the closure of the prostitution slave camps in
Submitted by Susan Bryce of the Angeles Human Rights Watch.
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fundamentalists Taliban came to power in 1992 women's basic human rights
Women are totally denied the right to education, the right to work, women
have been ordered to remain in their houses, the right to travel, no woman
can venture out of the house alone and unaccompanied by a prescribed
male member of the woman's immediate family.
Women are also denied the right to health, no woman can see a male doctor,
planning is illegal, women cannot be operated upon by a male Doctor, the
right to legal
recourse, a womanís testimony is worth half a manís testimony, a woman
cannot petition the court
directly, this has to be done through a prescribed male member of her immediate family,
of the right to recreation, all womenís recreational and sporting facilities
banned, women singers cannot sing, they cannot show their faces in public
to male strangers,
they cannot wear bright coloured clothing, they cannot wear make up, they
only appear outside their houses clad head to foot in shapeless bags called
burqas, they do
not have the right to raise their voices when talking in public, they cannot
laugh loud and
the list goes on.
Beating up of women for disciplinary reasons on the slightest pretext is
Afghanistan under the Taliban. In fact if a women shows even her ankles
her leg may be
A five year old
Sudanese girl lies on a bed as she undergoes the procedure known as female
genital mutilation. In this procedure, performed without anaesthesia, a
sexual organs are partially or totally cut away. Female Genital Mutilation
performed on 82 per cent of Sudanese women.
Up to 114 million girls and women in more than 30 countries have been subjected
female genital mutilation.
It is commonly attributed to religious edict.
It is estimated that untrained traditional birth attendants perform two
thirds of the
procedures. They typically have limited knowledge of health and hygiene
and often use
inadequately cleaned traditional instruments. Side effects include trauma,
bleeding and haemorrhage; pain, stress and shock; infections (which can be fatal); painful
sexual relations; obstructed labour and difficult childbirth; and psychological
practice was declared illegal in the Sudan in 1941, but that did little
to stop it. About
90 per cent of northern Sudanese women have had it done.