SRI LANKA WOMEN SELL­ING KID­NEYS TO RE­PAY LOANS: UN EX­PERT

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Colombo, Sri Lanka - Sri Lankan war wi­d­ows and women in former con­flict zones are be­ing forced to sell their kid­neys to pay loan sharks, a UN ex­pert said on Tues­day, urg­ing gov­ern­ment in­ter­ven­tion.

Juan Pablo Bo­hoslavsky, the UN’s in­de­pen­dent ex­pert on ef­fects of debt on hu­man rights, said that debt col­lec­tors were also de­mand­ing sex­ual favours.

“Women are at times ex­posed to psy­cho­log­i­cal and phys­i­cal vi­o­lence by th­ese col­lec­tors...,” he said.

Dozens of in­debted women have com­mit­ted sui­cide. Bo­hoslavsky said that loan sharks are also de­mand­ing an­nual in­ter­est rates of up to 220 per cent.

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