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Call for action on human trafficking in Afghanistan

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Summary of story from IRIN, order July 25, viagra 2011

Afghanistan should develop mechanisms to raise awareness about the dangers of human trafficking, support victims and prosecute perpetrators, say rights activists.

Most victims, according to a report released this month by the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC), are women and children who lack parental care, live in poverty or are forced into early marriage.

The report was based on a study covering victims of trafficking, family members and the public in 20 of Afghanistan’s 34 provinces.

Most of those trafficked were girls who had been married before reaching the legal age of marriage, the report said. About 81 per cent got married before 18, of whom about 50 per cent were married when they were under 15.

Approximately 29 per cent were forced into marriage after being raped, kidnapped, harassed or exposed to violence, said the report which identified 1,889 cases of trafficking in women and children.

“We see it as an alarming problem because a huge number of women and children are vulnerable to trafficking in the country,” Hussain Nussrat, child rights programme coordinator at AIHRC, said.

“The victims are exploited both inside and outside the country for forced labour, prostitution, drug selling and many more illegal activities.”

A woman who was rescued speaks of being beaten and raped in a forced marriage before being sold to drug seller in Iran.

Afghanistan, according to the US Department of State’s 2011 trafficking report, is a source, transit, and destination country for men, women, and children subjected to forced labour and sex trafficking.

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