War Increases Prostitution
Amnesty International said on Wednesday: ''Women and girls in war zones suffer rape and violent abuse while offenders
escape punishment, Because national authorities have failed to act to halt such abuses. Despite promises, treaties and
legal mechanisms, governments failed to protect women and girls in conflicts in Colombia, Iraq Sudan, Chechnya, Nepal
and Afghanistan the report said.''
Amnesty's secretary general, Irene Khan said in an interview "What we have seen consistently is that if you don't
prosecute and punish then, there is a tendency for it to continue. Women and girls are not just killed, they are raped,
sexually attacked, mutilated and humiliated. She further said no official statistics were kept, so it was impossible to
say whether the situation was worsening.
The report urged political leaders to openly condemn violence against women and cooperate with the court in bringing
offenders to justice. It also recommended the urgent provision of medical and humanitarian support for female survivors
War fuels Prostitution
Millions of women are involved in prostitution for survival on the streets. As a sad illustration of further social
decay, there are about a millions women who have turned to prostitution due to the war-caused break down of social
structures and traditional security mechanisms in the World. Thus, many women see the streets and prostitution as a way
to freedom from conflict. Some women are also see in prostitution a way to earn more money.
The prostitution of girls in Asia and in Africa the direct consequence of years of economic crisis, and the low status
afforded to women in the country. Because women have a limited access to occupations and resources, they are the ones
hardest hit during economic crisis. Poverty is definitely linked to prostitution but poverty is not the only reason It
exacerbates an already desperate situation caused by war. Poverty is leading many women into street prostitution.
Growing up in Asia and in Africa is not an easy task for today's girls, especially for those being raised in the
country's conflict-ridden rural areas. For the displaced, especially poorly educated teenage girls whose wage-earning
skills are often limited working in the fields, there are few options: remain and risk being killed; often for a life of
prostitution; or join one of the armed groups. War and poverty are bringing more and more girls from village into
"A nation at war, is generally speaking a nation unable or unwilling to meet basic human needs. And it's a human rights
problem of enormous dimensions and government has a responsibility to help to eradicate this problem. While war-affected
women more likely to be sexually abused. It is important to know if women and girls are turning to prostitution for food
and shelter. Women and girls should then be offered protection through programs which tackle the root causes of the
problem, lack of security and income". Chiranjibi Budhathoki argued.
In a bid to escape poverty, conflict and abuse in the country, an increasing number of women are turning to
prostitution. Prostitutes operating in bars, restaurants and hotels. Some night club owners reportedly allow under-age
girls into clubs for sexual exploitation by clients. Most of the displaced are from rural areas and entering urban
settings, the pressure for immediate cash is enormous. The search for jobs is complicated. It has been reported that
many girls start having sexual relations, and become prostitutes. That the vast majority of women who find themselves as
prostitutes in Asia and and Africa are there unwillingly.
"There have been no studies linking displacement and prostitution. Clearly, reliable studies and data on sexual
exploitation and prostitution and the link to displacement are urgently needed. Rather than fighting country's social
and economic injustices, many other teenage girls are desperately seeking to escape the violence and poverty so
prevalent in rural areas". Chiranjibi said.
Unfortunately, one of the only wage-earning options available to many young, poorly educated females is prostitution.
The direct impacts of the war on women are wide ranging. On the other hand, Left with no home, no income, women ending
up begging or prostituting themselves in order to provide food. Hunger and war form the backdrop to this furtive
exchange, for deepening poverty is driving increasing numbers of women to sell their bodies.
In South Asia and in South Africa, poverty was the main obstacle to the full realization of women's equality. It
manifested itself in poor health, low levels of education, food insecurity and unemployment. Further, women constituted
the majority of the population living in rural areas, and they suffered the consequences of unsophisticated farming
practices and inadequate power infrastructure.
As girls usually have few marketable skills, sex becomes the only avenue for survival. One of the most tragic
consequences of the long civil war has been kidnapping of women and children. Displacement is the most common
consequence of armed conflict and women the most affected civilian population. Many displaced women and their families
are still without adequate shelter, are among the most vulnerable to prostitution. In addition it is important to note
that most women suffer the impacts of war in multiple ways.
In fight, as well as upon arrival in an urban places, women commonly experience violence and abuse because conflict have
contributed to a rise in prostitution, which threaten women's health. In the streets, the girls are under the threat of
disease. Prostitution is officially illegal and HIV is wide spread among prostitutes in the World. Moreover, is the fact
that the continuing conflict has exacerbated the problem.
Even a cursory look at the situation on the streets indicates that there are many more women and teenagers involved in
prostitution than the official statistics suggest. And because some of the Asian countries are a closed society,
prostitution is not widely discussed in public. Most of them work as prostitutes, usually for between 10 and 20 dollars.
Prostitution appears to be appearing everywhere in the society. Family problems, not unrelated to poverty, may also lead
the girls to prostitute themselves.
Now we have some questions why normally, only the women who sold sex faced legal penalties, not the men who bought it?
Why pressures from parties of the conflict, the government, the family all serve to intimidate many women into silence?
Why the law continued to hold prostitutes, not their customers? Even why government only gives message of its campaign:
"Be careful about HIV. But at the same time, it does not distribute condoms. Similarly, reports from the field indicate
that large stocks of condoms expire because they go unused. Awareness of the disease and methods of prevention are
extremely low. Why is it that even a democratic government cannot change it's law against the many customs and rituals
that allow the practice of prostitution like deuki, jari, and badi pratha in South Asian region like in Nepal and in
However, Governments have failed to systematically identify and meet the distinct needs of a large and particularly
at-risk women and have no program for them why ? Most women made the dangerous choice to sell sex because of financial
difficulties and limited opportunities because of the conditions of the country's economy. In order to change these
things, the economy has to be improved. The number of girls engaged in prostitution has risen, though there was no
reliable information, prostitution seemed to be a growing phenomenon.
The government does not give licenses to them or require them to be tested regularly. War and political instability in
several countries for the unabated prostitution of women. Because of the war, many women are separated from their
families. Rape is also reported, though it remains difficult to document. More frequently the fear of retaliation and
the knowledge that nothing will be done, silences them. Although statistics on sexual exploitation of the displaced
Widespread poverty and inadequate social safety nets have left many women with no choice but to sell their bodies simply
to survive from one day to the next. In addition, poverty brought about by war leads to increased prostitution, and as
few have access to information about how to protect themselves from HIV/AIDS.
When the social infrastructure collapses as a result of war, famine, and economic crisis women turn to prostitution as a
last resort. No matter how women and girls get into prostitution, it is difficult to get out. Often women can leave
prostitution only after they become ill.
In some cases, it is the parents who sell their girls to foreign paedophiles via local intermediaries. How long will we
allow the current situation to continue?
Special attention must be given to the encouragement of economic growth in the rural areas. The first priority should be
to restore peace and combat organized crime.
For this reason, alternative income generation strategies are needed. A reintegration strategy should include greater
training, credit and enterprise opportunities. There is an urgent need for better protection programs and human rights
monitoring. Those affected most negatively by conflict are women living in poverty, and particularly in rural areas; the
negative impacts on basic human needs, development and reconstruction must be addressed.
The complicity between the government, the public forces is a fact. In the name of protecting prostitute, with the
support of many so-called NGOs are introducing legislation but we know from experience that such legislation does not
provide protection from violence and exploitation. Prostitute are forced by poverty, violence and war.
The main question is how can we change this World, with all its conflict?