"Trafficking of Women" PRESS CONFERENCE

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Hanya Krill (akrill@shiva.hunter.cuny.edu)
Tue, 14 Jul 1998 22:09:03 -0400

Hanya Krill

PMC International
PO Box 226
Manalapan, NJ 07228
email: wplz@monmouth.com

Press Release
July 13, 1998



CONTACT: Walter Zalisko

First US and Ukraine "Trafficking of Women" conference to
be held in New Jersey

Freehold, NJ - White slavery rings have thrived on the
exploitation of women from developing countries for years;
rising unemployment, poverty and weakened social structures
have caused the CIS countries - Ukraine and Russia in
particular - to become the latest target countries for
recruitment of women into sexual slavery. The recent arrests
of Russian gang members by the FBI and Immigration
official's highlights the seriousness of this far-reaching

In a November 1997 address in L'viv, First Lady Hillary
Clinton denounced trafficking in women as a fundamental
"violation of human rights nothing less than modern day
slavery." The US Government has identified this problem as a
priority issue.

An intensive 12-day series of training programs and activities,
organized by former Monmouth County Undersheriff and
current police supervisor with the Jersey City Police
Department Walter Zalisko, will take place in New Jersey on
July 18-31, 1998 at the Ramada Inn, located in East Hanover,
New Jersey. The program, which is funded by the United
States Department of State (AED/USAID) and hosted by
Project Harmony, will bring together a delegation of twenty
Ukrainians comprised of leading government officials,
including representatives from police justice, social services,
and American law enforcement and public officials.
Monmouth County Prosecutor John Kaye will welcome and
address the conference. The group will also meet with White
House staff and government officials in Washington, DC.
Zalisko said, "This program will provide participants with
practical skills, networking opportunities and access to US and
international resources."

The trafficking of women from Ukraine and other CIS
countries is increasing rapidly. This form of exploitation and
abuse of human rights is no longer confined to women from
developing countries. Most women are recruited through
friends and acquaintances but, on arrival in the destination
country, many women find themselves indebted to a trafficker
or club owner. Most of these traffickers are members of the
Russian Mafia considered a ruthless (dis)organized group of
criminals which have been operating in the New York/New
Jersey area for many years. Many of the women are offered
legitimate jobs and then either tricked or forced into
prostitution, while others know they will work as prostitutes.
Many of these young women are often beaten or murdered if
they do not cooperate. The full scale of the problem remains
unknown, however, because few women are prepared or able
to report what has happened to them to the police. Trafficking
in women continues to be a considerably under-reported
offense throughout Europe and the United States. One reason
for that may be the lack of experience in dealing with this
issue. The goal is to foster greater international co-operation
to combat illegal trafficking and organized crime in order to
reduce trafficking of women.

The training program will focus on three areas: law
enforcement and international legal efforts to combat
trafficking; public education, prevention and support
networks; and, the creation of a public-private initiative in
Ukraine to combat trafficking. The goal is to provide
exposure to new approaches and techniques in anti-trafficking
work. Patricia Kotyk-Zalisko, a former New Jersey State
Deputy Attorney General and Assistant County
Prosecutor/Director an expert in her field will discuss topical
areas such as Sexual Abuse, Child Abuse, Domestic Violence,
Women's Rights and Violence Against Women. Interested
parties are invited to attend.

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