SRI LANKA WOMEN SELLING KIDNEYS TO REPAY LOANS: UN EXPERT
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.