What’s Current: Taliban going door to door abducting women and girls to be ‘sex slaves’

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  • Taliban leaders in Afghanistan are “going door to door” to abduct women and girls as young as 12 in order to forcibly marry them to Taliban fighters, according to a new report. Last month, local leaders in the nation were asked to provide the Taliban with lists of women and girls aged 12 to 45.
  • A Swiss court decision to reduce the sentence for a man convicted of rape, based on the rationale that the assault “only” lasted 11 minutes, has spurred protests in the city of Basel.
  • China’s “Me Too” movement is credited with a growing reckoning over a culture of forced drinking among corporate staff. Recently a female staff member of Alibaba accused her manager of rape after a work-related drinking session, and Chinese-Canadian K-pop celebrity Kris Wu is accused of rape by several victims who say they were plied with alcohol.
  • A deepfake website which creates pornographic images of women based on a single photo of the victim’s face is circulating on social media. The site is openly listed in Google’s search index and has evaded law enforcement by changing servers. Experts say the site allows any man to produce artificial yet realistic revenge porn in order to abuse women.
Genevieve Gluck

Genevieve Gluck is a writer and advocate for women's sex-based rights and creator of Women's Voices, an audio library dedicated to bringing awareness to feminist texts and speeches.