Thousands of Afghan girls and boys are trafficked into neighboring countries and sold into slavery each year. Though it is taboo, prostitution is alive and thriving – at the cost of those forced to work in it.
It is the oldest trade in the world and exists in probably every country in the world. Yet prostitution is not a dream job. Most female sex workers are forced to make a living through prostitution.
In conservative Afghanistan, prostitution is illegal. But that doesn’t mean that it doesn’t exist. Human trafficking is booming – young women are being sold and sent over to neighboring countries, mostly to Pakistan. Heather Barr says the government has a number of other issues to tackle as well. Many people are unaware of just how many women are forced to work as prostitutes, according to Heather Barr of Human Rights Watch’s Asia Division.
“HRW did a report that was released in March this year about women in prison for moral crimes. And one of the things that I found really surprising by doing those interviews, was how many women I met, had been forced in prostitution often by their husbands and in-laws.”
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