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“Sir, they can eliminate me. For God’s sake, protect me from the beasts,” cried 20-year-old Zunaira Muhammed, an aspiring software engineer and sex trafficking survivor from Pakistan who is currently in hiding. She was 15 when a neighbor convinced Zunaira’s mother to let her daughter live with her. In exchange for some housework, the neighbor promised to finance Zunaira’s education. Instead, the young girl was lured to work in Dubai and then sold to prostitution for five years. Her story is not unusual.
An estimated 2 million people are reported to be enslaved in Pakistan. According to experts, police corruption, disregard for women’s rights and lack of government accountability facilitate the trafficking of girls from Pakistan to Dubai. After escaping the ring with the help of her brother-in-law, Zunaira was attacked and shot at her family home. Though she now lives in fear, her dream of becoming an engineer hasn’t diminished. She is planning to enroll in college soon.
Read more via Thomson Reuters Foundation.
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Prague, November 1989