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The Factbook on Global Sexual Exploitation
  About the Factbook
      Middle East
      Central America
          & the Caribbean
      South America
      North America
About the Factbook
The Factbook on Global Sexual Exploitation was compiled from media, non-governmental organization and government reports. It is an initial effort to collect facts, statistics and known cases on global sexual exploitation. Information is organized into four categories:
  - Trafficking,
  - Prostitution,
  - Pornography, and
  - Organized and Institutionalized
    Sexual Exploitation
    and Violence.

Sources were not contacted to verify information. Close examination will reveal that there are contradictions in information depending on the sources of information (ex: how many women are in prostitution in Thailand). All statistics are reported with no attempt to evaluate which numbers are more likely to be accurate. In fact, the exact numbers in many cases are not known and estimates come from different sources which use different methods to determine what they report.

We hope these facts will assist people to recognize the harm caused throughout the world by sexual violence and exploitation and catalyze action against this violence agianst women.

This project was made possible with the support of the College of Arts and Sciences, University of Rhode Island and the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD), Norway.

If you use this information in your work, please reference this factbook-- The Factbook on Global Sexual Exploitation, Donna M. Hughes, Laura Joy Sporcic, Nadine Z. Mendelsohn, Vanessa Chirgwin, Coalition Against Trafficking in Women, 1999.

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Methods and Techniques of Traffickers

Algerian women trafficked to Italy are typically forced informally through relatives and friends. (Organisation for Migration, European Race Audit Bulletin N0 25, Institute of Race Relations, London UK, 25 November 1997)


In 1997, women who have identified with secular culture in Algeria were kidnapped and made into sex slave by rebels fighting in the name of Islamic revolution. (Barbara Crossette, "An Old Scourge of War Becomes Its Latest Crime," New York Times, 18 June 1998)

Algerian women are raped, forced into prostitution and temporary marriages, beaten and beheading for failure to wear head coverings by Islamic militants in Algeria. Armed terrorists committed hundreds of rapes against female victims, most of whom were subsequently murdered ("Rights - Women: Women Denied Rights Everywhere," IPS, 2 February 1998)

At least 500 girls have been kidnapped by rebels and 300 raped during attacks on villages. Many of those kidnapped were found later with their throats cut in mass graves. Western sources estimate that 65,000 people have been murdered. The violence started after the authorities cancelled the 1992 general election dominated by Islamists. (La Nouvelle Republique daily, "Algerian girls escape rebels, leave pregnant friend," Reuters, 23 March 1998)

4,000 Algerian women have been victims of violence, including kidnaping rape and murder during the civil war throughout the last 6 years. ("4,000 women are victims of violence in Algeria," ArabicNews.Com, 21 March 1998)

Official Response and Action

The Algerian government has asked religious authorities to declare a fatwa or religious edict allowing women raped during political violence to have abortions. Hundreds of babies born as a result of rapes by Islamic fundamentalists have been abandoned. ("Algeria: abortion appeal for raped women," BBC World Service, 2 March 1998)

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