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About 250,000 Women Forced Into Prostitution Annually in Southeast Asia

August 13, 2009

"Up to a quarter of a million women and girls in Southeast Asia, mostly adolescents, are forced into prostitution each year and face violence and the prospect of contracting HIV/AIDS," researchers said on Wednesday in a report about criminal activity in Cambodia, Indonesia and Thailand, Reuters reports. They predicted that circumstances could get worse as the financial crisis prompts women in the region to move in search of work, and they called for dialogue between the U.N., NGOs and law enforcement agencies (Lyn, 8/12).

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