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South Asian Women Gather in Bangladesh Capital to Talk Violence, Trafficking, AIDS

August 12, 2003

On Monday, hundreds of women from Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka held a silent demonstration in front of Bangladesh's Parliament to highlight the threats -- including human traffickers, sexual slavery and diseases like HIV/AIDS -- that many women face. The women are in Dhaka to attend a gathering addressing these issues; it was organized by the Asian Women's Human Rights Council, a nongovernmental organization based in Bangalore, India, in cooperation with local rights groups and international donor agencies. Poverty forces many South Asian women to seek opportunities far from home, where they are sometimes sold and mistreated by human traffickers and are vulnerable to STDs, including HIV/AIDS.

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