Friday, 11 January 2013

Human trafficking networks flourish in Yemen

UN figures indicate a "significant increase" in people smuggling and the violence that accompanies the illicit trade.
Rebecca Murray Last Modified: 10 Jan 2013 10:55

Aden, Yemen - Twenty-one-year-old Aisha clings to her two children as she recounts her tale of horror.

Growing up in the Somali capital Mogadishu, she fell in love and bore a child out of wedlock four years ago. When her family threatened her life for destroying her "honour", Aisha escaped.

She braved the hazardous journey with smugglers across the Indian Ocean to Yemen, and to what she thought was a better life.

Instead, Aisha now squats with four other women in the sprawling, cinderblock slum of Basateen, in the eastern seaport city of Aden. They beg for money in the shabby port every day, often prostituting themselves for two dollars a trick. They split their meagre earnings with their controlling pimp.


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