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Poverty drives myanmar girls into underage sex work
Without a phone school degree, job opportunities for Wut Yee were prostitute but she decided to quit prostitution for a lesser-paid job as a salesgirl in a mobile phone shop in Yangon. Wut Yee hopes one day to find a husband who she could be honest with about her past. Government and United Nations figures in estimated that 0. Sandar Min, a number with the opposition National League for Democracy, myanmar a proposal in parliament calling for decriminalization of sex work inbut it was rejected.
But interviews with sex workers and aid workers revealed it was not uncommon for teenage girls to end up in the industry which is illegal in Myanmar.
Local media reported in July that a parliamentary committee proposed making procurement of sex punishable with jail of up to one year with hard labor and a fine. Poh Poh, a year-old sex worker who requested her real name not be used, said most girls who became sex workers via the virgin market faced difficulties leaving the industry.
APAC Updated. Wut Yee, then 14, had quit school to handle household chores and look after her brother but had no other source of income. They say support and rehabilitation is more important than punitive measures. Most underage girls leave rural areas for the cities due to a mix of family difficulties and few job opportunities, said Thu Zar Win from the Sex Worker in Myanmar Network.
Taw Win Khayay, a network of sex workers, is calling for an analysis and rewriting of the law. For now, aware of deep discrimination towards sex workers in Myanmar, she is not taking any chances and none of her co-workers know of her past.
It was amended in to increase sentences to up to three years in prison. Aid workers warn the problem could get worse if not confronted by authorities as Myanmar society opens up after half a century of isolation under military rule. The law makes it illegal to solicit in public, force or entice a woman into sex work, and to operate or work in a brothel.
Naing said the practice of buying underage girls for sex is fueled in part by superstitious beliefs that sleeping with virgins has health benefits, such as long life and curing the human immunodeficiency virus HIV that causes AIDS. He took me in his car to a house on the outskirts of town.
Wut Yee never received any sex education. Aid workers say underage sex workers are at physical risk as they tend to know little about how to protect themselves.
Many tend to work in brothels disguised as beauty salons or massage parlors where it is safer than roaming the streets. She quit after two months to work on the streets.