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Jakarta Post

Survivors seek justice from podium

  • Niken Prathivi

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, August 7 2009   /  01:57 pm

Twenty-two women, living with HIV/AIDS and having gone through human trafficking, exploitation and violence, gathered in Nusa Dua on Thursday for a mock trial to demand justice. Their action was a call for involvement by society and for an end to the stigma against them. The women came from six Southeast Asian countries: Indonesia, Thailand, Myanmar, the Philippines, Cambodia and Singapore. Zar Zar (not her real name) from Myanmar, a 24-year-old with HIV, which she contracted after being forced into prostitution, said she was happy to meet others like herself at the gathering. "It's not good to say, *I'm not alone', but for me I feel so encouraged I can start my life again," she said in a statement read by Myanmar HIV/AIDS activist Khin San Htwe. Zar Zar is from Yangon, where she used to work in a factory to support her parents and two younger sisters. One day, a...