Re: Query re: Czech Republic and Slovakia

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Altink s.m. (s.m.altink@ipr.nl)
Tue, 29 Sep 1998 15:42:55 +0200


A decade ago one could more easier distinguish between sending, receiving
and transit countries. Now we see an increasing number of countries
becoming multi-functional in this respect. Even the whole of Europe is a
transit station for the US.

sietske

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> Van: John Davies <Tanya@tesco.net>
> Aan: Multiple recipients of list <stop-traffic@solar.cini.utk.edu>
> Onderwerp: Re: Query re: Czech Republic and Slovakia
> Datum: vrijdag 25 september 1998 18:32
>
> Dear Martin,
>
> My experience is that the Czech republic is a sending, receiving and
transit
> nation. I know of Bulgarian, Romanian, and Ukrainian women who have
worked
> the Czech/German border, and have also used the Czech republic as a
transit
> route to the FDR.
>
> Slovakia is a country of origin for migrants to Hungary and Austria.
>
> Czech and Slovak women are now very popular for employment in the sex
movie
> scene in Budapest.
>
> BTW We have two ethnic slovak workers at the project.
>
> Best regards
>
> John Davies
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From: Melanie Orhant <mgo6@cornell.edu>
Subject: VICTIMS FORCED TO DANCE NUDE

09/11: VICTIMS FORCED TO DANCE NUDE AT CLUBS, U.S. SAYS
VICTIMS FORCED TO DANCE NUDE AT CLUBS, U.S. SAYS

By Matt O'Connor, Tribune Staff Writer.

   A Russian native with alleged mob connections in his homeland
allegedly
recruited young Latvian women to come to the U.S. with false promises of

riches and then forced them to dance in the nude in Chicago area
nightclubs, according to federal charges filed Thursday.
   Using rarely cited peonage charges, authorities said the victims were

beaten and threatened with weapons and warned that their relatives in
Latvia would be harmed if they didn't cooperate.
   Authorities charged that Alexander Mishulovich, 37, a Russian native
who
lives in Lincolnwood, boasted to the victims of his extensive
connections
to the Russian mafia in the province of Chechnya while repeatedly
threatening to kill them.
   Four others, including two women, were also charged with assisting in

the allegedly large-scale scheme between October 1996 and spring 1997.
   Mishulovich and his wife, Rudite Pede, a 21-year-old Latvian woman
who
was also charged, walked the streets of Latvia's major city, Riga,
looking
for pretty young women to recruit, according to the charges.
   Four of the victims told the FBI they were enticed here with promises
of
making as much as $60,000 a year while dancing in bikinis--not naked or
topless--in a "sophisticated" nightclub.
   According to a criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court, the
average monthly income in Latvia is only $250 a month.
   With Mishulovich's help, the women obtained visas to travel to the
U.S.
by falsely claiming to be tourists, the charges alleged.
   A U.S. Embassy official tipped off law-enforcement authorities after
he
became suspicious when many of the women listed the same address for
where
they would be staying in the U.S., according to sources.
   When one of the women tried to back out before flying here,
Mishulovich
"became furious" and threatened to cut her "pretty face," the criminal
complaint said. The woman relented, it said.
   The women were kept at first in a one-bedroom apartment in Mt.
Prospect
and forbidden to leave without Mishulovich or one of two co-defendants,
Serguie Tcharouchine and Vadim Gorr, the charges alleged.
   The apartment would be locked and the phone removed if the women were

left alone, authorities said.
   Mishulovich routinely threatened the women with violence to force
them
to dance topless or naked at the Skybox in Harvey, the Admiral Theatre
in
Chicago and other area nightclubs, the government charged.
   One woman who refused to dance naked changed her mind after
Mishulovich
slammed her head into a wall, authorities said.
   The defendants kept most of the women's earnings, the charges
alleged.
   Mishulovich often allegedly boasted how easy it would be to kill the
women, and once put a gun to a victim's head and threatened to sell them
as
slaves in Mexico, authorities said.
   Authorities accused Mishulovich of threatening to harm the women's
relatives, according to the charges. In one incident, authorities
alleged,
he took one victim's charm containing a photo of her mother and said it
would make it easier to locate her.
   Prosecutors Terry Kinney and Marsha McClellan asked to have the four
defendants--Dace Mediniece was charged with visa fraud--held in custody
pending trial. They are being held in the Metropolitan Correctional
Center
until a detention hearing on Monday. Tcharouchine remains a fugitive,
prosecutors said.

Copyright Chicago Tribune

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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