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Monday, June 6, 2011

Modern Slavery News Round-Up

30 girls freed from suspected Nigeria baby-sale operation
Police raided a clinic in southeast Nigeria and rescued about 30 girls allegedly used in a "baby industry" in which they would give birth to children who then would be sold, authorities said Thursday. In addition to the expecting mothers, 12 children were found at the clinic ranging in age from 2 to 12 years old, according to Arinze Orakwue, a spokesman for the National Agency for the Prohibition of Traffic in Persons. It was not clear whether the children found were related to the pregnant girls and women.

Saudi Arabia considers setting marriage age
Saudi authorities are considering setting a minimum marriage age of 17 in the wake of public outcry over the marriage of a 9-year-old girl to a 58-year-old man. Rights activists expect conservative elements within Saudi society, which consider child marriage part of Saudi tradition or allowed under Islam, to attempt to derail government approval of the change.

Trafficked Myanmar women become Chinese brides Seventy percent of 2010 trafficking cases out of Myanmar involved females tricked into traveling to China for work only to find themselves forced into marriage, according to the United Nations Inter-Agency Project on Human Trafficking. Chinese men seek to purchase brides from Myanmar to avoid paying heavy dowries demanded by Chinese women.

Philippine militias shirk bill banning child soldiers
The Philippines’ House of Representatives approved the bill criminalizing the use of children in armed conflict, leaving many applauding the significant steps made. However, the potential for the new legislation to reduce the recruitment and use of children faces two significant obstacles, he said. “First, most of the recruitment and use of children is being carried out by three armed political groups over whom the government has no control: the New People’s Army (NPA), the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), and the Abu Sayyaf Group.”

Girl's fate highlights slave, sex trade in India
An Indian social worker has begun a shelter program for prostitutes and their children, most of the girls among whom -- some 90% -- end up in the sex trade, as well. The program, and international attention, might not be enough to save one 10-year-old girl who excels in school from the same fate.

Azeris increasingly poor, brides increasingly young
The number of underage weddings is on the rise in Azerbaijan, where rights workers and police observe brides as young as 12 years old entering arranged marriages. Some girls are effectively sold into marriage, rights workers say, in part due to the extreme poverty gripping the country.

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