Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Victims of Human Trafficking

Human trafficking is one of the major social problems in Mongolia. Most of the trafficking operations are set up as marriage service companies, sort of a "mail-order-bride" business, offering to set Mongolian girls up with affluent and educated foreigners from S.Korea, Hong Kong, Macau etc. Most of the girls who fall for this end up in forced prostitution and sexual slavery in a foreign land with noone to turn to.

Eagle TV journalist Bathishig has done an important piece on this issue and has received death threats from operators of these services. She cites a tragic example of a Mongolian girl ending up in forced prostitution in Macau, who has recently passed away due to cervical cancer caused by the injections administered by her captors intended to stop her menstrual cycle so she could "work" everyday of the month. Click below to watch the full report (for more information visit Tom Terry's blog)