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Women News Network: Ukraine based FEMEN defies ‘sexism’ in efforts to stop human traffickers

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May 22, 2012, 9:15 a.m. |

Security detain a ' Femen' women's rights activist as she protests against the EURO 2012 soccer tournament in Ukraine during presentation of the EURO 2012 Cup trophy on Independence Square in Kiev, Ukraine, Saturday, May 12, 2012.
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At first sight, few people would mark the group of topless young women protesting in the streets of Kiev, the capital of Ukraine, as outspoken advocates or feminists. At first sight, few people would mark the group of topless young women protesting in the streets of Kiev, the capital of Ukraine, as outspoken feminists. Garlands of flowers adorn their waist-length hair, strategically thrown forward to cover their bare breasts. But the black graffiti-style slogans that cover their arms and bellies make it crystal clear: “Ukraine is not a brothel” and “Women Power”.

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