All they want to do is escape poverty, but they end up in the hands of sex traffickers. Women from Romania in particular, sometimes fall prey to criminal networks while seeking a better life in Germany. And for the most part, the criminals go undetected – because sex work is a perfectly legal job in Germany, provided it’s consensual. But estimates suggest that up to 90 percent of women are forced into the sex trade. Human beings are a lucrative commodity for organized crime. Compared to drugs or weapons, they cost very little. And they can be sold not just once, but repeatedly, every day. Young women seeking to escape poverty in their home countries end up in German brothels. Most of them come from Romania or Bulgaria. Unscrupulous human traffickers lure them with the promise of a well-paid job only to force them into sex slavery. Some of them sell their services for the price of a pack of cigarettes. This sexual exploitation is facilitated by a law that legalizes sex work in Germany, defining it as a service provided voluntarily. It’s not clear just how many women are coerced into the trade. Sascha, for example, was forced to serve 20 to 30 clients a day, until she managed to escape with the help of “Amalie”, an advisory and support service for women in the industry, based in the German city of Mannheim. “Amalie” provided her with accommodation and a job so that she was able to build a new life for herself.
This is a success story of gender-responsive budgeting, which means designing public budgeting policies with the needs of women in mind. This documentary by UN Women provides practical ways in which sectoral plans and budgets can be made gender-responsive. This video captures exemplary work done in India by the Department of Science and Technology and the Department of Agriculture and Cooperation at the Union level. The experiences show how in the two so-called ‘women unrelated’ sectors, gender issues have been recognized and addressed in sector policies and programs. At the level of State government, the documentary covers the initiatives taken by the Kerala State Planning Board and highlights gender-targeted programs in sectors such as Public Works Department and Police.
Do you know what is the “motherhood penalty”? Watch to learn about it. Women love to slow down their careers or stay home to spend time with their babies and young children in the first years of their lives, but why pay an economic price for it? Society benefits because it needs more demographics to grow. Society should pay somehow for women’s time giving birth and taking time off to raise little children.
Pay women more, Why? Because women do so much other work that is unpaid yet so valuable for society. What is this other unpaid work and what is the number of years this unpaid work takes? Listen to more!