The 2018 Trafficking in Persons Report released by the US Department of State revealed that women and girls from Sri Lanka and other countries were subjected to sex trafficking in Afghanistan and India.
The report was released by Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo at the State Department headquarters in Washington, DC last week.
“There are reports of women and girls from Sri Lanka, the Philippines, Pakistan, Iran, Tajikistan and China subjected to sex trafficking in Afghanistan. Under the pretense of high-paying employment opportunities, some labor recruiting agencies lure foreign workers to Afghanistan including from Sri Lanka, Nepal, India, Iran, Pakistan and Tajikistan; the recruiters subject these migrants to forced labor after arrival,” the report said.
It said Burmese Rohingya, Sri Lankan Tamil and other refugee populations continue to be vulnerable to sex trafficking and forced labor in India.
Meanwhile, the report said some Sri Lankan women were subjected to forced prostitution in Cyprus, Maldives, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, and elsewhere.
Quoting an NGO report in 2016, the report further said some domestic workers from Indonesia, the Philippines, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka have been reportedly forced into prostitution in Jordan after fleeing their employers. (Lahiru Pothmulla)
RP Saturday, 7 July 2018 23:02
What a sick world we live in. So sad.
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Sea Sunday, 8 July 2018 00:00
Only employment is in Afghanistan is in the US military base
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Thaufeek Sunday, 8 July 2018 02:00
Sri Lankan women are the ugliest in the whole world. Second to them (or equally) are the women from Tamilnadu.
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Citizen GX Sunday, 8 July 2018 14:00
I believe you are the most ugliest human on this earth and you even rank less than the monkeys....
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Singhela Sunday, 8 July 2018 14:30
Sounds like he's been rejected by these beautiful women his whole adult life for being ugly and uneducated.
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VJ Monday, 9 July 2018 13:16
You don’t even spare the ugliest women, what kind of a beast you must be?
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Lal.Fernando. Sunday, 8 July 2018 04:19
Well this is the problem being in poverty. Notknowing when the next meal is coming. When so call politicos running around in expensive vehicles ect. Please give people employment and sufficient money to feed the family.
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sss Sunday, 8 July 2018 08:28
our politicians and free fo charge educated professionals do not mind as long as they send dollars for dutyfree luxuty imports
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Eraj Sunday, 8 July 2018 12:54
Where is our Holy racist people of this country?, they are eyes will not see this kind of shame. They can only see silly matter like who whats wearing, what is eating, etc..
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Asrar Sunday, 8 July 2018 14:27
How US know this ? its their companies use the girls in US camps , specially KBR , Haliburton , Oliver Gruop ,Black water,and lots of others . NOT Afghans
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Jaliya Monday, 9 July 2018 08:49
Idiot .... you know very little about a lot of nothing.
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Pramod Fernando Sunday, 8 July 2018 15:13
Same as sending our poor women to Middle East as slaves, just for the sake of country's economy.
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Harini Sunday, 8 July 2018 15:48
While the government is trying to ensure women are protected from local employment in bars and liquor shops, they are being sold in the name of foreign employment to the Middle East en masse as domestic labourers and are increasingly being exposed to trafficking and sexual exploitation rings. If women felt they had better quality work that respected their labour and were more lucrative to feed their children, put a roof over their families and help develop themselves, would they even bother going as slave labour to the ME and other countries? We have over 200 male MPs in parliament who don't give a tuppence for women, let alone poor women bringing in foreign reserves at a cost to their lives! Time to shake up and wake up parliament!
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Rsa Sunday, 8 July 2018 15:59
Sri Lanka is going down the drain little by little. Disgraceful and shocking to know this news. The people in the country and the Government should put a stop to all these which are completely against the Sri Lankan culture, religion and bringing up.
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Ash Sunday, 8 July 2018 17:11
Quite a few of these women have also gone willingly probably due to economic reasons
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Dee Sunday, 8 July 2018 19:30
We have an acute shortage of labour here. But they simply want to go 'abroad' . One might say they go unwillingly and are forced in to such trades. Then again , can you force someone to go 'abroad'? . On a lighter note, we have so much of higher education paths in SL, but parents send children 'abroad' for degrees (actually diplomas) . Do they really know what goes on over there? But then again, as long as parents don't know and the kids are 'abroad'. All is well.
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Ceylon Sunday, 8 July 2018 20:53
Most of them are willing partners.they know the risks and they know the news of others.so how to help with this situation.
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Nadeeha Sunday, 8 July 2018 21:31
This is one of the achievements our country has made after the independence
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Joseph Sunday, 8 July 2018 22:17
Only gullible people without proper education can be convinced that there are employment opportunities available in Afghanistan
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Rasheed Monday, 9 July 2018 11:18
Sri Lanka Foreign Employment Bureau is more concerned to collect money only, they don't check the passport for Visa or question the when they leave. They have a special counter at the BIA.
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