Egypt and trafficking ??

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John Davies (
Tue, 15 Dec 1998 19:39:49 -0000

The following article shows how anti-trafficking sentiments can impact on
women. One way to solve trafficking : prevent women from travelling or in
this case prevent "bad" women from travelling !

Countries have already started to protect women from trafficking by refusing
to grant them visas to entry places where they might be abused. So be ready
to "prove" you are not a prostitute or "vulnerable" before you will be
granted a visa.

Egypt could soon be re-visited.

Egypt Nixes Passport Vice Check

.c The Associated Press

CAIRO, Egypt (AP) -- Poor and uneducated Egyptian women will no longer have
to get a vice squad clearance proving they are not involved in immoral
activities in order to obtain a passport, officials said Monday.

Although the law did not require it, Egyptian police have for decades
demanded that poor women seeking a passport get proof from the vice squad
that they were not involved in prostitution or other immoral activities.

Interior Minister Habib el-Adly, whose ministry is in charge of issuing
passports, told police to stop the practice, saying a passport was every
citizen's ``constitutional right,'' ministry officials said.

Women with at least a high school education or employed by the government
were not required to get the vice squad clearance.

But millions of illiterate or poor women were required to undergo a vice
squad investigation, considered shameful for women in this conservative,
Muslim country.

``It is embarrassing that such a procedure even existed,'' said Mohammed
Abdel-Aal, who researches laws concerning women in the Egyptian
Organization for Human rights.

The decision is part of an administrative overhaul in the police ordered by
el-Adly after he took over the ministry in November 1997.

AP-NY-12-14-98 1638EST

Copyright 1998 The Associated Press.

"Love is the law, love under will."
-Ben Burch

Necessity is the excuse for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of the tyrant and the creed of the slave. -- William Pitt, 1763

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