Trafficking in Women and Prostitution in the Asia Pacific

Author: The Coalition Against Trafficking in Women (CATW)

Trafficking in women and prostitution are situated in a continuum of sexual exploitation that perpetuates and continually reinforces the subordinate status of women. Sexual exploitation takes such forms, but it not limited to, pornography, sex tourism, bride trade, temporary marriages, and sexual violence, such as rape, incest, genital mutilation and sexual harassment. Prostitution, the system that commodifies and dehumanizes the bodies and persons of women and children of both sexes for the use and profit of men, is today the object of an intense and international mainstreaming campaign that is working for the social and political acceptance of the hugely profitable industries of sex. The following are statistics on the trafficking and prostitution of women in Asia Pacific countries.