Rights Group Says Sexual Abuse Fueling Spread of HIV in Zambian Girls
January 28, 2003
Widespread sexual abuse in Zambia is fueling the spread of HIV among girls and young women, Human Rights Watch said in a report Tuesday. An estimated 21.5 percent of adult Zambians are infected with HIV. About 120,000 Zambian children are infected with the virus. The Human Rights Watch report describes children sexually abused by trusted family members or respected community leaders. Girls are raped on long walks to school or sexually abused by teachers once they get there. Some girls orphaned by HIV are forced to sleep with older "sugar daddies" to survive, while others turn to prostitution, the report said. The group demanded that the government increase training for police and court officials about sexual abuse and rigorously prosecute those guilty of such abuse.Adapted from:
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