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Lessons for Karachi sex workers

By Arman Sabir

Zeba Raman is a 28-year-old Pakistani sex worker. Born into the profession in Karachi’s red light district of Napier Road, she plies her trade all over the city.

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I did not know that precautionary measures should be taken during sex
Nadia, sex worker

She is celebrating the launch of an initiative to promote health awareness among sex workers.

“We are now revealed to society,” says Ms Raman.

But prostitution remains illegal and anathema to many in Muslim-majority Pakistan. It is an ever-present fact of life, but never really acknowledged. Continue reading

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Encouraging Suicide in Africa

By Anthony J. Aschettino

During his recent visit to Africa, Pope Benedict happened to comment on one of the more innocuous dogmas of Roman Catholicism: Church policy regarding contraception. Following longstanding Catholic policy, he re-iterated the Church position that the use of condoms was unacceptable. While in the United States such a comment would simply be laughed off (most Catholics would not consider themselves highly immoral for simply using a condom), in Sub-Saharan Africa this comment, and the weight carried by virtue of the person who made it, is no laughing matter. It is, in fact, encouraging mass suicide. Continue reading

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