Altink s.m. (email@example.com)
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.
> Van: John Davies <Tanya@tesco.net>
> Aan: Multiple recipients of list <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> 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
> nation. I know of Bulgarian, Romanian, and Ukrainian women who have
> the Czech/German border, and have also used the Czech republic as a
> 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
> scene in Budapest.
> BTW We have two ethnic slovak workers at the project.
> Best regards
> John Davies
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Date: Tue, 29 Sep 1998 16:32:12 -0500
From: Melanie Orhant <email@example.com>
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
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
lives in Lincolnwood, boasted to the victims of his extensive
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
was also charged, walked the streets of Latvia's major city, Riga,
for pretty young women to recruit, according to the charges.
Four of the victims told the FBI they were enticed here with promises
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
by falsely claiming to be tourists, the charges alleged.
A U.S. Embassy official tipped off law-enforcement authorities after
became suspicious when many of the women listed the same address for
they would be staying in the U.S., according to sources.
When one of the women tried to back out before flying here,
"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.
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
to dance topless or naked at the Skybox in Harvey, the Admiral Theatre
Chicago and other area nightclubs, the government charged.
One woman who refused to dance naked changed her mind after
slammed her head into a wall, authorities said.
The defendants kept most of the women's earnings, the charges
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
slaves in Mexico, authorities said.
Authorities accused Mishulovich of threatening to harm the women's
relatives, according to the charges. In one incident, authorities
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
until a detention hearing on Monday. Tcharouchine remains a fugitive,
Copyright Chicago Tribune
Human Trafficking Program
Global Survival Network
P.O. Box 73214
Washington, DC 20009
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