UNMISS fueling prostitution in South Sudan

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Sam Mednick an international journalist writes that international NGO workers and UN staff members are fuelling the growth of prostitution in South Sudan.

In February UN had to withdraw a 46 member police unit from Wau after it emerged some of the unit’s personnel were engaging in commercial sex with IDPs at the UN base.

UN says the incident is isolated and that it doesn’t have a sexual exploitation problem but Sam reports otherwise. She writes that she spoke to a number of women who say that international aid workers or UN workers pay up to $200 per night.

One of the women Sam spoke to is quoted saying the number of prostitutes have increased and some are as young as 15.

Prostitution is illegal in South Sudan.

Copyright © 2018 Development / Sam Mednick

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