Thousands of sex slaves still exported to Spain

23rd August 2005, Comments 0 comments

23 August 2005, MADRID — Latin America annually 'exports' more than 100,000 women bound for lives of forced prostitution in an illicit trade that generates hundreds of millions of dollars, a Catholic organisation said.

23 August 2005

MADRID — Latin America annually 'exports' more than 100,000 women bound for lives of forced prostitution in an illicit trade that generates hundreds of millions of dollars, a Catholic organisation said.

In a statement released in Madrid on the International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition on Tuesday, the Manos Unidas ('Joined Hands') group said 4 million people were living in virtual slavery worldwide.

It added that children represent the most vulnerable segment of the population.

They detailed forms of exploitation such as migrant-trafficking, child labour and sexual tourism.

"It is still necessary today to continue battling to stop injustices committed, like these, on the basis of sex, race or religion," Manos Unidas said.

The International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition was instituted in 1997 by the United Nations.

It aims keep alive awareness of the horrors of the trans-Atlantic slave trade and of vestiges of servitude that remain to be eliminated.

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Subject: Spanish news

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