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Terre des Hommes Switzerland tries to get girls off the streets

The Swiss branch of the human rights organisation Terre des Hommes has launched a new national campaign to highlight the plight of streetgirls worldwide.

This content was published on November 29, 1999 - 14:35

The Swiss branch of the human rights organisation Terre des Hommes has
launched a new national campaign to highlight the plight of streetgirls
worldwide.

Terre des Hommes spokeswoman Sylvia Rohner said the campaign was aimed at
publicising projects in Africa, Asia and Latin America and was focusing on providing shelters, education projects and empowerment workshops.

Many of the girls were as young as seven and often had run away from violent homes or sexual abuse, Rohner said.

But life on the streets is just as brutal, with many girls exposed to drugs, violence, and the risk of sexually transmitted diseases.

"We can never stop the problem globally, but we can, with some basic groups, at least increase awareness, and give help to some of the girls," Rohner said.

From SRI staff.

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