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Ethiopian girls trapped in sex trade as COVID-19 deepens desperation

Ethiopian girls trapped in sex trade as COVID-19 deepens desperation

EMELINE WUILBERCQ WHEN Selam fled her village aged 11 to avoid being wed to a much older man in northern Ethiopia, she was relieved and excited to forge a future on her own terms. But that hope was short-lived. Selam has spent the past three years in the sex trade in the northern city of Gondar, where officials and campaigners estimate hundreds of girls are victims of sexual exploitation and fear numbers are rising due to the coronavirus pandemic. Having dropped out of school at 11 and unable to afford to return home, Selam said she saw no way out…
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