News/Indoneisa: Fears 40 missing E. Timorese children abducted for sex trade

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Subject: News/Indoneisa: Fears 40 missing E. Timorese children abducted for sex trade
From: Melanie Orhant (morhant@igc.org)
Date: Wed Nov 03 1999 - 09:55:38 EST


>
>>Sydney Morning Herald
>>29/10/99
>>
>>Fears for 40 missing children
>>
>>By LINDSAY MURDOCH, Herald Correspondent in Jakarta
>>
>>Investigators fear more than 40 East Timorese children aged from five to 12
>>have been taken from Jakarta-controlled camps in West Timor to be put into
>>the Indonesian sex trade. The child-care investigators have also warned of
>>thousands of underage children - who are living in appalling conditions in
>>the camps - being exploited, including some being sold through illegal
>>adoptions.
>>
>>Indonesia's National Commission for the Protection of Children said at least
>>312 East Timorese babies died in six West Timorese refugees camps in the six
>>weeks after the outbreak of post-referendum violence early last month. The
>>commission said 11,892 were ill or suffering from malnutrition.
>>
>>The commission, partly funded by the Indonesian Government and the United
>>Nations, warned the arrival of monsoon rains and a grave shortage of
>>medicines and medical facilities would cause more deaths.
>>
>>The United Nations Children's Fund estimated that there were still as
>>many as
>>400,000 displaced East Timorese, who faced worsening health conditions as
>>rain accelerated the spread of infections such as pneumonia, diarrhoea,
>>malaria and respiratory infections. The UN High Commissioner for Refugees
>>(UNHCR) and the human rights group Amnesty International said yesterday that
>>as many as 200,000 East Timor refugees still in West Timor continued to be
>>terrorised by pro-Jakarta militia.
>>
>>Amnesty said it was still receiving credible reports that East Timorese
>>refugees in West Timor were suffering from intimidation, attacks and
>>abductions. The UNHCR spokesman in Dili, Mr Jacques Franquin, said
>>Indonesian
>>authorities in West Timor had not made a decision about the militia who were
>>"still controlling some camps, still intimidating the refugees and this is
>>the cause of our problems".
>>
>>Nearly 40 per cent of refugees in the almost totally destroyed East Timor or
>>Indonesian-ruled West Timor were aged under 15, international agencies said.
>>
>>Indonesian newspaper have quoted the head of a task-force investigating
>>conditions at camps along the West Timor border as saying attempts were
>>being
>>made to find out who had flown at least 40 refugee children from the town of
>>Kupang to Denpasar and Jakarta. It was likely they faced exploitation in the
>>sex industry, he was quoted as saying.
>>
>>
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