Tweeps sing praises as music concerts return to Saudi TV

Umm Kulthum
Updated 04 October 2017
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Tweeps sing praises as music concerts return to Saudi TV

JEDDAH: Music concerts are now being aired by at least one official Saudi TV station after a decades-long suspension of such broadcasts, in a move welcomed by many on social media.
A performance by the late Umm Kulthum, who is known as the “Lady of Arab Singing,” was the first to be aired on the Saudi cultural channel Al-Thaqafiya on Tuesday.
“Today at 12:00 a.m. we will present to you a musical concert of the late Lady of Arab Singing Umm Kulthum. Stay tuned,” it said through its official Twitter account.
The move is the latest in a string of social changes made in the Kingdom, and follows last month’s decree by King Salman to lift the ban on women driving.
Many Saudis tweeted back in praise of the decision to air music concerts. Munirah Al-Ghamdi, who tweets @MunirahAHG, welcomed the return of “normal life that … stopped three decades ago. Life is back to our television, the days of the 70s and 80s are back! Thank you,” wrote another Twitter user.
Umm Kulthum was one of the Arab world’s most prominent 20th century singers.


Colombia rescues 49 women from ‘sexual slavery’

Police officers stand guard next to the area after an attack on the Station of the District San Jose, in Barranquilla, Colombia, in this January 27. 2018 file photo. (REUTERS)
Updated 21 August 2018
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Colombia rescues 49 women from ‘sexual slavery’

  • A series of raids linked to the Operation Vesta launched several weeks ago resulted in 18 arrests last month

BOGOTA: Almost 50 women trafficked through underground tunnels to work as nightclub “sex slaves” were rescued from the tourism hotspot Cartagena, Colombian prosecutors said on Monday.
The victims — 26 Colombians and 23 Venezuelans — were allegedly forced into working as prostitutes in nightclub basements connected by a series of tunnels.
They were tricked with false promises of work before being held captive in “precarious conditions,” Attorney General Mario Gomez said in a press conference.
The victims were relieved of their passports and identity cards by a network of pimps engaged in the “sexual exploitation of women.”
A series of raids linked to the Operation Vesta launched several weeks ago resulted in 18 arrests last month.
Gomez said police were hot on the heels of the pimps’ headquarters and said they would be tried for “trafficking people for sexual slavery.”
Gomez said the “geographical corridors close to the Caribbean coast,” including Cartagena, provided the “majority of sexual tourism” in Colombia.
The US State Department has described Colombia as a “source and destination country for men, women, and children subjected to sex and labor trafficking.”