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SUVA, Fiji Islands (April 16, 2001 - Fiji's Daily Post/PINA Nius Online)---The sudden increase in the number of Indo-Fijian girls on the streets at night has been blamed on the political situation and economic crisis Fiji is facing.

Indo-Fijian girls plying their trade as prostitutes have increased dramatically in the Western centers of Lautoka and Nadi during the past two months.

This is attributed to job losses, caused by the closure of a number of garment factories in the area.

Fiji Women's Crisis Center coordinator Shamima Ali said the cause of the problem was no doubt the political and economic situation of the country.

Ms. Ali said, "The girls on the street are not there on their own accord. Most of them are the sole breadwinners in the family.

"Turning to sex work is their last option," she said.

For additional reports from The Post-Courier, go to PACIFIC ISLANDS REPORT News/Information Links: Newspapers/The Post-Courier (Papua New Guinea).

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