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North Korea says it has success-
fully tested a submarine-launched
missile, which if confirmed would
be a significant boost in its arsenal.
Analysts say North Korea has several
nuclear warheads but this development
would be an advance as submarine-
fired devices are difficult to detect.
This latest test has not been inde-
The US said using ballistic missiles
was a "clear violation" of UN sanctions
against North Korea.
A statement from the State Depart-
ment made no comment on the
reported test but called on North Korea
"to refrain from actions that further
raise tensions in the region."
State media described the missile
emerging with "a fiery, blazing trail,"
but did not mention the date or
the location of the test.
The North Korean leader, Kim Jong-
un, was pictured apparently overseeing
Mr Kim said his country now pos-
sessed a "world-level strategic weapon
capable of striking and wiping out in
any waters the hostile forces infringing
upon (North Korea s) sovereignty and
dignity," the reports said.
After the announcement, South
Korea said the North fired three anti-
ship cruise missiles into the sea off
its east coast.
Pyongyang had warned it would fire
without warning against vessels it
claims have violated its waters.
South Korea is yet to comment on
the missile test, but the country s
National Security Council has met in
emergency session. (BBC)
North Korea 'test-fires
Human traffickers are exploiting
the devastation after Nepal s huge
earthquake to lure young women and
girls into the sex trade, local cam-
paigners and NGOs have said.
The UN estimates that 12,000 to
15,000 girls from Nepal are trafficked
into the Asian sex trade every year
and there are now fears that camps
for those displaced by the earthquake
are being targeted.
Traffickers often pose as recruiters,
offering non-existent jobs to desperate
young women and girls, whose plight
has become worse after the earth-
quake. Another ploy is to claim a rich
husband is willing to marry the girl
in a different city, but when they arrive
they are forced into sex work.
"Our teams on the ground in Bhak-
tapur, Gorkha and the surrounding
areas of Kathmandu have seen people
going there in the name of relief and
promising jobs to children and ado-
lescent girls," Bhuwan Ribhu from the
child protection charity, Bachpan
Bachao Andolan, told Sky News.
"And we fear they will be trafficked
for sexual exploitation and for forced
Aid officials from Western countries
are also concerned at the scale of the
problem. "There is nothing like an
emergency when there is chaos for
opportunities to ... traffic more
women. There is a great chance that
everything that is bad happening in
Nepal could scale up," one told the
The problem of trafficking is sadly
not new in Nepal. A Unicef report
found the number of women and chil-
dren trafficked last year had risen by
60 per cent, compared to the previous
While a US State Department report
classified Nepal as a Tier two country,
meaning the government "does not
fully comply with the minimum stan-
dards for the elimination of trafficking;
however, it is making significant
efforts to do so."
Many of the girls are taken to Indian
cities where they suffer constant sex-
ual and physical abuse and can even
be murdered. NGOs which work in
the field have reported girls as young
as eight being rescued from horrific
A number of charities have request-
ed the police step up patrols on the
1,000 mile-long porous Indian-Nepal
border to stop traffickers. In the wake
of the earthquake, however, most offi-
cials are conducting relief operations
in isolated villages, leaving few
resources for border patrols.
The magnitude-7.8 earthquake,
which struck outside the Nepalese
capital Kathmandu last month, has
left more than 8,000 people dead and
almost 20,000 injured---many of
whom are still in displacement camps.
Nepalese authorities are struggling
to cope with the widespread devas-
tation and could require up to $10bn
of aid to reconstruct buildings and
infrastructure which were destroyed
by the earthquake. (The Independent)
in Nepal at risk
of sex trafficking
"Our teams on the ground in
Bhaktapur, Gorkha and the
surrounding areas of
Kathmandu have seen people
going there in the name of
relief and promising jobs to
children and adolescent girls."
Nepalese children wait to get vaccinations in Lapsiphedi, near Kathmandu, Nepal, on Monday. A campaign's
underway in Nepal to immunise half a million children against measles and rubella in the wake of the
earthquake. Concern's growing that with so many people made homeless there is the potential for an
outbreak of the potentially fatal diseases. The United Nation's Children's Fund---UNICEF---has been working to
eliminate them for years but one in ten is still not immunised. AP PHOTO
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