Femicide in Colombia, has the rape of a 7-year-old girl uncovered a vicious child sex-trafficking syndicate?

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Femicide in Colombia, has the rape of a 7-year-old girl uncovered a vicious child sex-trafficking syndicate?

The details are coming in thick and fast, but the deeper truth is still a blur. When 7-year-old indigenous Yuliana Andrea Samboní was brutally raped, tortured and murdered in one of Bogota's wealthiest districts, Colombians were outraged. A week on, and allegations that a child sex-trafficking syndicate has been operating to fulfill the desires of wealthy male professionals is devastating human rights advocates worldwide.

 People participate in a farewell ceremony on Wednesday for Yuliana Andrea Samboní. Photograph: Mauricio Duenas Castaneda/EPA via theguardian.com

People participate in a farewell ceremony on Wednesday for Yuliana Andrea Samboní. Photograph: Mauricio Duenas Castaneda/EPA via theguardian.com

The English news is a little slow to catch up with Colombian reports that are now saying two semen samples were found inside Yuliana, sparking a hunt for a second perpetrator. Key suspect Rafael Uribe Noguera has pleaded guilty, and a doorman - one of the case's key suspects - has wound up dead, suspected of suicide, or, as locals suspect, murdered for knowing far too much.

"The suspect, Rafael Uribe Noguera, is from a wealthy family of lawyers and architects and attended one of Bogotá’s most exclusive schools. Yuliana and her family moved to the city four years ago from southern Cauca province, which is rife with violence linked to Colombia’s ongoing civil conflict. Her father worked in construction and her mother was five months pregnant with her third child."

Read the latest English report here: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/dec/12/colombia-brutal-and-death-of-girl-shocks-country-marred-by

Source: https://www.theguardian.com

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Climate-linked disasters forcing Bangladeshi girls into marriage

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Climate-linked disasters forcing Bangladeshi girls into marriage

Experts fear that growing migration to the already overcrowded Dhaka caused by climate-linked disasters threaten a surge in Bangladeshi child marriages. 

"Research carried out among adolescent girls in the southern district of Barguna by the charity Plan International found that, after powerful Cyclone Sidr hit in 2007, a 'significant proportion' of schoolgirls migrated to towns to work as maids or in the garment industry.

Most never returned to school - and the number of child marriages surged as well, the report said.

Activists say that, once in crowded cities like Dhaka, girls face an even greater risk of early marriage and sexual violence than they would have in their villages back home."

Here are two seemingly unrelated facts: Bangladesh is one of the most vulnerable countries when it comes to the effects of climate change. Around 30% of girls in Bangladesh are married before their 15th birthday. Hidden Connections is a 20 minute documentary revealing how these two facts are intertwined.

Some families feel so helpless they are even arranging marriages in advance in anticipation that their properties will be destroyed by river erosion.

"One of the ways you cope with it is by trying to unload your kids," said a women's rights researcher with Human Rights Watch. "After this cataclysm happens, you're probably not going to be able to feed your daughter, let alone get her married to someone.

Barr belieces Bangladesh should involve women in devising plans to adapt to climate change and managing natural disasters, ensuring girls are educated as opposed to being forced into early marriage.

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