A silent tragedy

Helene Thomas

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Eighteen women sex workers were found strangled to death in the slums of Rwanda's capital city Kigali within the space of a few weeks in mid 2012. Another two women were murdered last year. These murders received some attention by the national media in Rwanda but hardly rated a mention in international news. In this program, a group of Rwandan women who are all mothers and prostitutes talk about the dangers of sex work. They speak frankly, revealing the unpleasant and often unpalatable realities of their hard lives. These women, by speaking out for the first time beyond their trusted companions, give voice to a struggle for survival and dignity.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationAustralia
PublisherABC Radio National
Publication statusPublished - 2014


  • radio documentary


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