GLOBAL: Financial crisis could force more girls into work

12 Jun 2009 11:19:53 GMT
Source: IRIN

Reuters and AlertNet are not responsible for the content of this article or for any external internet sites. The views expressed are the author’s alone.

DAKAR, 12 June 2009 (IRIN) – The financial crisis could force more girls into work as financially squeezed families withdraw their daughters from school to seek jobs, warns the International Labour Organization in a report released on 12 June, World Day Against Child Labour.

“The root cause of child labour is poverty”, report author, Patrick Quinn told IRIN. “There is a strong likelihood that girls will be sent into work as families cannot afford school fees and need their children to help support them.” Continue reading


2010 Games won’t bring surge of sex trafficking: study

Last Updated: Thursday, June 11, 2009 | 9:54 PM PT CBC News

Contrary to common assumptions, the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic Games will not result in a surge of sex trafficking in the city, a new study suggests.

The study released Thursday examined an array of international sporting events such as the Olympics and World Cup soccer games.

The findings suggest there is no evidence the number of sex workers and trafficking victims increased dramatically in those locations during the events. Continue reading

Taiwan floats plan for legalized prostitution zone

Fri Jun 12, 2009 10:10am BST

TAIPEI (Reuters) – Taiwan’s interior ministry has proposed setting up a legal prostitution zone allowing the island’s already huge underground trade to flourish, in response to popular demand from sex workers, officials said on Friday.

Pimps, prostitutes and their clients who do business in the zone will not face any punishment, said ministry department head Huang Bi-hsia. Continue reading