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Sex trade worst form of GBV – Luo

NANCY MWAPE, Johannesburg
SEX trade is one of the worst forms of gender based violence (GBV) against women, Minister of Gender and Child Development Nkandu Luo has said.
Professor Luo said in an interview here on Monday that it is sad that many young women have left the country after being promised better jobs abroad only to be turned into sex workers.
“When the women leave the country, passports and cellphones are taken away from them and are brought into sex trade.
“I have rescued many women and the state we find them is deplorable,” Prof Luo said.
The minister said countries should not just focus on economic development and trade but should also look at the wellbeing of their citizens.
She also said her ministry has partnered with the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock to support women in agriculture by providing them tools to enable them engage in agribusiness.
She said Government is working hard to ensure that women farmers do not only produce crops but are also able to add value to their produce.
“It is very exciting because the African Union is also focusing on the goal to ‘retire the hoe to the museum.’ This will reduce the burden on women farmers with technology innovation, which will help increase their yields and reduce on poverty,” she said.
Prof Luo is also concerned about the high HIV prevalence rate among women, especially the youth.
She said Government is seriously campaigning against child marriage and coming up with laws to prevent the vice and indirectly curb the spread of HIV and AIDs.
Prof Luo said Zambia is among countries that have made positive strides to reduce mother-to-child transmission of HIV.



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