RE: INFO. REQUEST: Prevention Measures

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Jim Hetherman (jim@burbank.com)
Wed, 09 Sep 1998 15:09:48 -0700


At 04:48 PM 9/9/98 -0400, you wrote:
>one thing discussed recently was the Roumanian government's efforts to
>prevent trafficking of women out of the country by depriving women leaving
>the country independently of their passports. I like to think this could
>harken back to the point about decriminalizing migration, rather than
>making it more difficult for determined women and others to migrate,
>forcing them with well-intentioned but knuckleheaded policies into
>positions where trafficking is a necessity for migration.

Whoever in Romanian government is responsible for this policy should be
charged by the Romanian people with human right violations, and if found
guilty, should be required to make restitution to all those that have been
hurt. Depriving someone of their passport, providing the person has not
either hurt or defrauded anyone else, is a serious crime against everyone.
From mgo6@cornell.edu Thu Sep 10 17:16:37 1998
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Date: Thu, 10 Sep 1998 17:17:58 -0500
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From: Melanie Orhant <mgo6@cornell.edu>
Subject: Flesh Trafficking from Thailand

MALAYSIA

  Flesh Trafficking from Thailand

Police authorities say that a number of sex traffickers are using the Thai
village of Baan Nam Hua, on the border, to
cross with girls to be used as prostitutes in Malaysia. Not all the girls
are Thai, there are also Burmese, Chinese, Laotian
and Khmer girls - some aware that they are going to work in brothels, and
other who believe hat they will be restaurant
workers or nannies. A police investigation has revealed organised gangs of
smugglers who collect girls in the village,
until they have enough (around a dozen) to cross the border. The discovery
of an opening in the barbed wire fence
which marks the border, alerted Thai police to the route taken by the
traffickers. Girls considered most attractive are
sent to Australia, the US, Japan and Brunei, others are taken to Hong Kong
or kept in Malaysia. A joint Thai/Malay
police operation found 35 girls locked behind bars on the third floor of a
restaurant in Kuala Lumpur. A report being
prepared estimates that there are 2,000 women and girls in forced
prostitution in Malaysia alone. Source: Bangkok

Melanie Orhant

Co-Director
Human Trafficking Program
Global Survival Network

P.O. Box 73214
Washington, DC 20009
T: 387-0028
F: 387-2590
Email: morhant@igc.org
www.globalsurvival.net


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