It’s time for China to respond to complaints about its “coercive population control,” which has led to forced abortions, sexual slavery and gendercide, declares the leader of a women’s rights organization.
“Given the international outrage generated by forced abortion and gendercide in China, it behooves China to respond to our official complaints,” writes Reggie Littlejohn, president of the non-profit Women’s Rights Without Frontiers.
Her group has complained to the U.N. Commission on the Status of Women about China but never has received a response.
That needs to change, Littlejohn says in her new written complaint.
“The One Child Policy causes more violence against women and girls than any other official policy on earth,” she writes. “It is China’s war on women. Any discussion of women’s rights, or human rights, would be a charade if forced abortion in China is not front and center.
“It does not matter whether you are pro-life or pro-choice on this issue. No one supports forced abortion, because it is not a choice.”
Suffering under the policy is documented with vast piles of evidence, she said, citing reports from ABC, Asia News, WND, the Washington Times, Catholic News Agency and others.
She noted that while most official U.N. reports and documents skip over the problem, such as last year’s World Day against Trafficking in Persons statement that didn’t reference forced abortion as a contributing factor, even that has started changing.
WND reported that it came recently with the annual Trafficking in Persons report from the U.S., which blamed the problem partly on China’s failure to drop the practice of forced abortions.
The report said the Chinese government’s “birth limitation policy and a cultural preference for sons create a skewed sex ratio of 117 boys to 100 girls in China, which may serve to increase the demand for prostitution and for foreign women as brides for Chinese men.”
“Why does the Chinese government turn a blind eye to officials who are complicit with or facilitate human trafficking and sexual slavery?” Littlejohn asked. “Do they believe that sexual slavery is necessary because of the extreme gender imbalance they have created through the One Child Policy?”
She cited the women who flee from oppressive regimes like North Korea’s, only to end up “snapped up in the sex slave trade” because of the absence of women resulting from China’s policy.
She also dismissed Chinese announcements that it somehow had “eased” the policy.
“The problem … is the fact that the CCP is telling women how many children they can have and then enforcing that limit through forced abortion and forced sterilization,” she said.
She noted that as a result of the policy, 117 boys are born for every 100 girls, which means a dwindling labor force and “a tacit acknowledgement that continuation of the One Child Policy will lead to economic and demographic disaster.”
Littlejohn’s organization said an investigation of U.N. operations would be appropriate.
“Former Secretary of State Colin Powell found the [U.N. Family Planning Association] to be complicit with coercive family planning in China,” she said.
“We have called for an investigation of UNFPA repeatedly in the past. This call has been ignored,” she said. “The time to investigate UNFPA is now.”
She also asked for the United Nations to defund UNFPA, “unless and until UNFPA stops supporting or participating in the management of a program of coercive abortion or involuntary sterilization in China.”
WND documented the earlier report from Secretary of State John Kerry, which said, “Women and girls are recruited through marriage brokers and transported to China, where some are subjected to forced prostitution or forced labor.”
The overall report highlights many of the circumstances workers may face seeking employment, when traveling, moving or making other changes in their lives. It also discusses the steps governments and businesses can take to prevent trafficking.
Kerry’s statement said the problem is a big one.
“The bottom line is that this is no time for complacency. Right now, across the globe, victims of human trafficking are daring to imagine the possibility of escape, the chance for a life without fear, and the opportunity to earn a living wage,” he said.
“I echo the words of President Obama and say to them: We hear you, and we will do all we can to make that dream come true. In recent decades, we have learned a great deal about how to break up human trafficking networks and help victims recover in safety and dignity. In years to come, we will apply those lessons relentlessly, and we will not rest until modern slavery is ended.”
The new U.S. report lists China on the Tier 2 Watch List as a “source, destination and transit country” for trafficked persons.
Also because the Chinese government “does not fully comply with the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking.”
The report also notes that the demand for women is so high in China, “women and children from neighboring Asian countries, including Cambodia, Burma, Vietnam, Laos, Mongolia and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea … as well as from Africa and the Americas, are subjected to forced labor and sex trafficking.”