Girls face more danger of exploitation today than ever before, as a newly released report revealed that there are currently more than 650 million “child brides” in the world.
This disturbing reality was divulged in a special report by Gospel for Asia titled, “Rewriting the Tragedies of Girlhood” – awakening the world of this grim and silent tragedy when the U.N. International Day of the Girl was observed on October 11.
Stealing girls’ childhood
Across the world, millions ofyoung girls are being robbed of their childhood and forced into sex trafficking on a daily basis.
“As women’s rights take center stage in the U.S. and many parts of the world, the reality for millions of girls worldwide is sexual exploitation and forced marriage before the age of 13,” GFA reported in its press release. “The horrific treatment of girls includ[es] sex trafficking, sex-selective abortions and denial of education.”
Atrocities on different continents are occasionally reported, as GFA lists below, but often, little to nothing is done to end the horrific exploitation and victimization of girls:
- “In 2014, the kidnapping of 200 schoolgirls in Nigeria by Boko Haram terrorists grabbed the headlines, but rampant abuse of girls across Africa and Asia continues largely under the radar.”
- “In Bangladesh, a survey of 375 sex workers revealed nearly half of them were child brides – married as young as 11, and trafficked into prostitution.”
Learn more by reading these Special Reports:
- An Imaginative Exercise in Empathetic Fear — Think About Living in a Community with Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women
- Ending Violence Against Women — Using Programs and Education to Prevent Discrimination
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