Tamil war widows ‘forced into prostitution to feed children’

Women who have lost male members of their households during the war are being forced to turn to prostitution, according to women’s rights activists in Colombo.

Geetha Lakmini of World Fisherfolk Solidarity Movement told reporters that,

“One village in Madhu area is infamous for prostitution because they have no male family members, no jobs and there is no other way of survival.”

“The only way to feed their children is to sell their body.”

Speaking after a conference organised by the Women’s Movement for Social Justice, the executive director of Viluthu Centre for Human Resource Development, Shantini Satchitananda, also commented on the plight of war widows and the need for accountability, stating,

“They say the reconciliation is a long process. It should go on. It should go on for these women to find out what exactly happen to their husbands, loved ones.”

“Accountability is demonstrating to the world that we are human beings.”

via Tamil war widows ‘forced into prostitution to feed children’.

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