“…Last summer I travelled to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to help establish the first free legal advice centre in Kinshasa.
I arrived with grand aspirations and bags of enthusiasm.
But it was short lived.
It was not long before I discovered the vast sexual exploitation of young Congolese women at the hands of peace keeping troops, aid workers, non-governmental organisation employees -
- and others acting on behalf of the international community.
At restaurants, bars and clubs, white men in smart suits dangled dollars as bait before impoverished young girls’ eyes – some as young as 12.
They did so with no shame and arrogant impunity.
Their actions are despicable; they rape the most vulnerable children and adults in the world -
- the very people they are supposed to protect.
It is hard to imagine a more grotesque abuse of authority and flagrant violation of human rights…”
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