Aids spreading though human trafficking in Asia says UN

Reuters reports that the United Nations said Wednesday that  the trafficking of an estimated 300,000 women and children across Asia each year, many forced into prostitution, is helping spread HIV/Aids.

Women and children are most vulnerable to trafficking because of poverty, gender inequality and rights imbalances, said Caitlin Wiesen-Antin, HIV/AIDs regional coordinator Asia and Pacific for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

“Both human trafficking and HIV greatly threaten human development and security, she told the International Congress on AIDS in Asia and the Pacific being hosted in the Sri Lankan capital.

“Trafficking … also contributes to the spread of HIV by significantly increasing the vulnerability of trafficked persons to infection,” she added, publishing a UNDP report on human trafficking and HIV that focuses on Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

“The link between human trafficking and HIV/AIDS has only been identified fairly recently. Neither HIV/AIDS nor human trafficking have been integrated or mainstreamed adequately, either at policy or programmatic level,” Wiesen-Antin said.

Major human trafficking routes run between Nepal and India and between Thailand and neighbours like Laos, Cambodia and Myanmar. Many of the victims are young teenage girls.

UNAIDS estimates 5.4 million people were living with HIV in the Asia Pacific region in 2006, with anywhere between 140,000 and 610,000 people dying from AIDS-related illnesses.


1 Response to “Aids spreading though human trafficking in Asia says UN”

  1. August 23, 2007 at 6:30 am

    Greetings to you from New Delhi.Very impressive resource you have. I have a request- As a first of numerous global conferences, and as a part of the UN GIFT (Global Initiative to Fight Human Trafficking) we have planned a regional conference in New Delhi on 10 -11 October to be continued with a campaign.

    I am Tushar Sampat and am responsible for the web presence of this initiative. We have developed a site – http://www.giftasia.in and I am keen on building a vibrant community on this site.

    I would be grateful if you could mention this event on your website. More importantly, all of you would be able to add value to the forums on this site. Would you like to suggest an important topic for discussion and will you encourage partners to contribute to this site.? We would be happy to acknowledge your contributions and link back to your site.

    In order to spread the message and involve people and organisations in this fight, it is important that people and organisations know of the GIFT initiative and the existence of this new resource.

    I would welcome any other suggestions and ideas you have.

    Thank you

    with best regards


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