Yasmina said that one evening, a friend invited her to come out to the beach.
There, she presented Yasmina to an older Malagasy man. You’re going to go with him,” the friend instructed.
At the CDEF office, Yasmina, 15, recounted her entry into this underworld in plain sight in 2012.
More victims are coming forward and, for the first time in years, some offenders are being prosecuted.
Advocates complain that the local police are heavily understaffed while the gendarmerie tends to be uninterested or in the pay of the criminals.
Fading signs in hotels that warn against bringing back minors surely don’t strike fear in too many hearts.
It wouldn’t take long for prospective clients to approach.
Since the 2009 coup, which led to sweeping cuts in foreign aid and government services, an already precarious economic situation has deteriorated precipitously.