Fears Of Asian Sex Trade Increase In Case Of Kidnapped British Woman

A former British Airways fight attendant, Lucie Blackman, disappeared in Tokyo on July 1 and now is believed to been forced into sexual slavery. The father of the missing woman announced earlier this week that his daughter was drugged with heroin and “smuggled out of Japan as part of a sex trade in Western girls.” “There is a belief that Lucie along with four other Western girls, was shipped out of the country to Hong Kong, which is the first stage along the road to other places,” claims Mr. Blackman, father of Lucie Blackman.

Women’s rights activists are urging the international community and governments to develop tougher laws on sexual trafficking that would include 1) punishment for all traffickers that profit from the recruitment, transport and sale of women into prostitution and 2) greater protections and rights for all women who are recruited, transported and sold into prostitution, regardless of their “consent”.


The Age (http://www.theage.com.au) 2 September 2000, Equality Now

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