Re: Forced marriages

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Tue, 4 Aug 1998 14:18:06 EDT

Dear Melissa Stone: Thank you for your reply. You are quite right about
legal protections, and the lack thereof, for workers, whether they be as
wage-paid employees, prostitutes or wives. What are the protections to be
sought for wives against domination, exploitation, denigration and enforced
labor without compensation? The laws governing marriage in most states
continue to reinforce the traditional husband/wife relationships of woman as
man's domestic servant. GBD
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From: Jyothi Kanics---Global Survival Network <>
Subject: International Conference on Exploitation of Children

06:25 AM ET 08/03/98

UK to host international conference on child abuse
 By Paul Majendie

            LONDON, Aug 3 (Reuters) - Britain is to stage an
international conference aimed at stamping out child prostitutes
and the paedophile tourists who prey on them, Foreign Office
Minister Derek Fatchett said on Monday.
            ``We need a real international programme to tackle the
dreadful problem of child abuse -- a problem than knows no
borders,'' he said.
            Children's charities say that one million children enter the
global sex market every year and that in Asia alone, more than
650,000 children under the age of 16 work as prostitutes.
            Fatchett, returning from a visit to the Philippines and
South Korea, announced that Britain was bringing together
health, social welfare and police experts from 25 countries for
the conference from October 6-8.
            He stressed the need for police forces both to deter and
detect the ``sex tourists'' who go abroad specifically to pick
up and abuse children driven into prostitution by poverty.
            ``We need to remember that this is a problem we have in the
West and also export,'' he said in a statement.
            The conference is intended to put in place schemes to allow
police forces in Europe and Asia to share more intelligence.
            British police have already provided training for Filipino
officers in Manila in identifying and countering child
prostitution and pornography and have run similar courses in
Thailand and Sri Lanka.
            After the conference, it is intended that a website for
prosecuting authorities and police will include a quick guide on
Asian and European child sex crime legislation.
            Social welfare workers from Europe and Asia will also go on
exchange programmes and share much more information on
preventing abuse and rehabilitating victims.
            A horrified Fatchett saw at first hand what the
international paedophile trade can do to its victims when he
visited the Manila Children's Hospital.
            ``Many of the people using these young children are now from
Western Europe and that is why we have the responsibility.
Seeing that problem brings it home to you in a very shocking
way,'' Fatchett told BBC Radio.
            ``Working together across the boundaries of our regions, we
can contend with these problems and make a real difference to
children and their families,'' he added.
            The conference will bring together the 15 member states of
the European Union with Brunei, China, Indonesia, Japan, South
Korea, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and

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