Girls are at high risk of sexual exploitation, by family members and others.
Teenage girls in developing countries are vulnerable to sex trafficking as well. Lacking options, they often resort to prostitution, or are forced into doing so.
UN has reported that up to 800,000 people are trafficked across
international borders, most for the purposes of sex slavery. Eighty
percent are women and girls; half are minors.
are kidnapped into forced sex labor; others begin as voluntary economic
migrants and end up resorting to prostitution; some are tricked into
servitude and debt bondage.
- Most trafficked girls
come from East and Southeast Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Latin
America, and Sub Saharan Africa. It is estimated that the sex trade
makes up 14% of Thailand’s total GDP.
- Many of these
girls end up in the developed world. U.S. Immigration officials
estimate that up to 50,000 of them enter the U.S. every year.
Another form of predation takes the form of mail order brides.
These are women who are “purchased” by men in other countries. Again,
this type of predation derives from women having few options for
advancement or even survival in some societies. Consider this
testimonial posted on goodwife.com quoted by Joni Seager:
as (Western) men, are more and more wanting to step back from the types
of (Western) women we meet now. With many women taking on the ‘me
first’ feminist agenda and the man continuing to take a back seat to
her desire for power and control many men are turned off by this and
look back to having a more traditional woman as our partner.”
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