Bosnia: UN clarifies Bosnia prostitution probe

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Salamon Alapitvany (salamon@ns.tiszanet.hu)
Sun, 5 Jul 1998 21:35:13 -0700


Salamon Alapitvany and Ildiko K Memorial Civil Rights Institute

Working for peace and equitable justice for all marginalised people
Seeking to include sex workers within civil society without discrimination
Believing in change through consensus not repression.

Pf.1152, Balastya 6764, Hungary. Tel/Fax +36 62 278314.

> Subject: UN clarifies Bosnia prostitution probe
> Organization: Copyright 1998 by Agence France-Presse (via ClariNet)
> Date: Fri, 3 Jul 1998 9:32:54 PDT
>
> SARAJEVO, July 3 (AFP) - The UN Mission in Bosnia said Friday
> that an investigation by its police force of prostitution in Bosnia
> is not related to allegations of child prostitution carried in a
> Spanish newspaper.
> "The UN mission would like to underline that there is no
> connection between the current IPTF (International Police Task
> Force) investigation and the latest allegations by El Mundo," UN
> spokesman Alex Ivanko said.
> While the IPTF is investigating "possible police involvement in
> a prostitution ring" around the northern town of Doboj, "there are
> no reports of any child prostitution in that area."
> He said the IPTF was continuing to look into whether police in
> the Bosnian Serb entity of Republika Srpska -- which takes in Doboj
> -- are involved in organized prostitution.
> "A number of witnesses have stepped forward and provided the
> IPTF with additional valuable information," he said.
> On Tuesday the NATO-led Stabilization Force (SFOR) in Bosnia
> said military police were looking into claims by Madrid's El Mundo
> newspaper that SFOR troops had procured under-aged prostitutes from
> Sarajevo's criminal underworld.
> El Mundo first made the allegations in May, and returned to them
> this week in a story that quoted three teenaged girls who said they
> were paid to have sex with Italian soldiers in the multinational
> force.
> In a brief statement Wednesday, the UN Mission said the
> allegations which the IPTF was investigating in the Doboj area
> involved "women coming from Eastern Europe and the former Soviet
> Union who are being sexually exploited by local police."
> It also said, without elaborating, that the IPTF was also
> conducting an internal investigation "into the possibility that
> individual IPTF monitors may have been involved in prostitution
> activity."
> The IPTF, staffed by police officers on loan from law
> enforcement agencies from all over the world, monitors and assists
> the reorganization of Bosnian police forces in the wake of the
> 1992-95 war among Moslems, Serbs and Croats.
>
>
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From: "Sue Metzenrath" <scarlet@dynamite.com.au>
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> You ve requested info on what various governments are doing against
> trafficking. Just recently it finally hit our newspapers here in
Australia.
> What theyve done is to implimnet a 20 year jail sentence for pimps, ie
any
> person caught selling another human being.

This is not quite accurate. Legislation has been drafted which targets the
agents that facilitate entry to Australia for women who want to work in the
sex industry.

Here we mostly have Thai women
> whove been force into prostitution,

Again, this is not true. Most undocumented workers in the sex industry
come from Thailand, southern China, and more recently from Indonesia. The
majority of these workers willingly come to Australia under an arrangement
with an agent who they enter into a contract with. The contracts vary in
price from $20,000-$40,000. The agent arranges passage to Australia
(sometimes involves the provision of false travel documentation), the
worker pays off the debt and then they start earning money for themselves.
The problem that exists is that because these workers have to work off such
huge debts they are quite often subjected to less than favourable working
conditions. It is their status as "illegal migrants" that is the issue
rather than the work that they do.

although as of two years ago it became a
> legal trade here and the women pay taxes on income.

Again, sex work is decriminalised to various degrees in a number of states
but not all. Sex work legislation does not come within national
jurisdiction but within states and territories. Local workers pay tax, but
illegal migrant workers don't.

Just a note that I actually work with some of these workers once they have
been caught by immigration department officers and are awaiting
deportation.

Those of us who support these workers argue that Australia should allow
some of these workers to come to Australia under an employer sponsored
scheme for a short period of time. This would mean that they would not
have to pay off such a huge debt in coming to Australia and being legally
in the country they would enjoy the same working rights as local sex
workers. The sponsorship scheme should be guided by a code of practice.

Sue Metzenrath
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From: "Salamon Alapitvany" <salamon@ns.tiszanet.hu>
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Subject: Update: John Davies
Date: Thu, 9 Jul 1998 12:01:58 -0700
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Dear All,

I will be leaving our home in Hungary today just after mid-day, as the
expulsion order comes into effect at mid-night.

The County Police have deliberately not forwarded the complete file on my
case to the Budapest Immigration Department, so my appeal couldn't be heard
before the expulsion deadline !

The expulsion cites that the County Police believes that I am a danger to
public safety in Hungary !

The response to my appeal has been wonderful and I am very grateful to
everyone who has sent a fax. For those who have not yet sent a message
please send something to us at 00 36 62 278314 and we will pass it on to
the appeal officer. Several people have had difficulty getting their faxes
through to the Immigration office.

As the days have passed we have been able to discover a little more about
the why and wherefore, it seems that members of the county prosecutor's
office and senior county police officers belong to the Hunting club that we
are trying to keep off the natural wetlands that we own at the back of our
property. This endangered environment is an essential nesting area for some
of Europe's rarest birds and each year the hunting club passes through the
area several times with dogs and beaters causing considerable damage. We
have found a legal way to deny them access and as such some of our
neighbours also want to keep them away from their wetland areas.

The same County officials in both offices have also declared their
opposition to the services we supply to local sex workers and they
apparently particularly resent our research that shows that their
repressive action against sex workers is an expensive waste of time.

The work at the Salamon Alapitvany and Ildiko k. memorial centre will
continue with Cathy (Kati) and Tunde running the programme in my absence.
In fact there is a very busy schedule of activities planned all through the
year. There will be a new out-reach to women who have relocated to
apartments in town for sex work and our relationship with the local STD
clinic continues to be excellent. It is the local sexual health nurses who
are pushing us to start the new apartment out-reach !!

We have recently met with a member of the new Prime-minister's staff who
will be helping advise him on women's issues and we had a very good
discussion about changes to the proposed law on Prostitution that will be
presented to parliament in the Autumn.

Once any decision has been reached by the appeal officer, we will be able
to make an application to the European Court of Human Rights as this
contrivance at expulsion appears to violate my Human and Civil rights
according to various articles and protocols. The expulsion order looks
especially contrived as when the local authorities applied to two different
judges at local and county level to have me deported both judges refused to
grant the deportation order. In the opinion of the Judges the grounds cited
by the county authorities did not warrant deportation.

I will return to Hungary at the earliest opportunity and until that time I
will continue to develop our work in Albania, so there is plenty to keep me
busy. We will most probably plan a celebration bar-b-que for next June,
when I will be able to return to Hungary and at that time we will invite as
many of you who can attend to join with us at that time.

However it is our hope that the appeal will be successful and whatever the
outcome we will continue to request that the expulsion be revoked.

Please continue to support the Salamon Alapitvany project with your good
will and other words of encouragement.

While this hardship will definitely have an impact on us and the children,
we are determined to overcome any act that seeks to disregard the need for
equitable treatment and justice for everyone regardless of any prejudicial
consideration.

Many thanks to you all, and please post this message to anyone who you also
sent the original message.

John Davies

Project Director in absentia
Salamon Alapitvany.

Salamon Alapitvany and Ildiko K Memorial Civil Rights Institute

Working for peace and equitable justice for all marginalised people
Seeking to include sex workers within civil society without discrimination
Believing in change through consensus not repression.

Pf.1152, Balastya 6764, Hungary. Tel/Fax +36 62 278314.
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Inviting All Women...

              GABRIELA Network Open House

                  with Ninotchka Rosca
        writer & founding chair of GABRIELA Network

            Saturday, 11 July 1998, 2pm - 4pm
              705 President St., 2nd Floor
                 (bet. 5th & 6th Aves.)
                  Park Slope, Brooklyn

find out more about
. the mail-order bride industry
. sex trafficking
. labor export
. how you can help stop the global
    trafficking in women
. GABRIELA Network, its history,
    mission, and efforts

GABRIELA Network is a Philippine-US women's solidarity organization. We
work on issues that impact Philippine women and children, but which have
their roots in policies and decisions made in the US.

 -- contact us for more info

directions by train: R train to Union St., Brooklyn; walk one block
south to President St.; turn left; walk 1 1/2 blocks; house is on the
left.
directions by car: from Manhattan -- take Manhattan Bridge; bridge
takes you to Flatbush Ave.; continue on Flatbush Ave.; make a right on
6th Ave.; make a right on President St.; house is on the right.

GABRIELA Network
A Philippine-US Women's Solidarity Organization

PO Box 403, Times Square Station
New York, New York 10036

tel.: (212) 592-3507
fax: (718) 779-5840
email: gabnet@gabnet.org
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