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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Attitudes Towards Women

We have already today mentioned the slaughter of students in Peshawar. I remember the opposition of the Taliban to education for girls, an opposition expressed by shooting a young girl, Malala, and leaving her for dead.

The mores of other cultures towards women may or may not be the subject to my judgement, or maybe it is.

According to the Report [A Global Report on Trafficking in Persons launched today by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) , the most common form of human trafficking (79%) is sexual exploitation. The victims of sexual exploitation are predominantly women and girls. Surprisingly, in 30% of the countries which provided information on the gender of traffickers, women make up the largest proportion of traffickers. In some parts of the world, women trafficking women is the norm.
Is there a relationship between violence and sexual exploitation? And between sexual exploitation and economic exploitation?
The fact that women themselves are among the traffickers is surprising briefly, but offers me no insights of value at the moment.

Morality for the most part is not in the eye of the beholder, and it is not relative to culture. Culture is a brief interlude of mankind in space and time.


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