Girls Kidnapped in Columbia, Possibly Sold Into Prostitution
In the neighborhood of La Manuelita in Columbia, seven girls aged 11 to 15 have been kidnapped in the last year. Reports suggest the girls may have been taken to Japan and sold into prostitution with no passports or documents to escape. Five girls who escaped kidnapping attacks told similar stories that they were each photographed by a man in a car and a few days later grabbed by another man who was later arrested but released because he had not been caught in the act. The mothers interviewed by CNN said they are waging their own private war in the face of government indifference and that the wealth of a family often determines whether or not a kidnapped child will be found
12/9/2013 Mixed Results for Afghanistan's Anti-Violence Against Women Law - The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) and the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) released their annual report on violence against women in Afghanistan yesterday, revealing mixed results of the country's Elimination of Violence against Women Law.
"A Way to Go: An Update on Implementation of the Law on the Elimination of Violence against Women in Afghanistan [PDF]," found that there was a 28 percent increase in reports of violence against women from 2012 to 2013 , but only 17 percent of those were prosecuted under EVAW - a small 2 percent increase from last year.
The law, which was issued by the executive decree of President Hamid Karzai in 2009, criminalizes 22 acts of violence against women and specifies punishment for perpetrators. . . .