News/Italy: Italy repatriates 50 illegal Moldavian workers

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Subject: News/Italy: Italy repatriates 50 illegal Moldavian workers
From: Melanie Orhant (morhant@igc.org)
Date: Wed Oct 13 1999 - 09:39:23 EDT


Well if this doesn't sound like trafficking - I don't know what does!

Melanie.....

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Italy repatriates 50 illegal Moldavian workers
By Valery Demidetsky
TASS, October 12, 1999

KISHINEV, October 12 -- Italy has sent back 50 Moldavian immigrants after
three months of illegal work, a source in the Interior Ministry told
reporters on Tuesday.

All 50 were flown back on board a charter flight and accompanied by Italian
policemen, the source said.

According to Moldavia's migration authorities, about 200,000 people are
working abroad because of a very high level of domestic unemployment.

Criminals are taking advantage of this. They set up fake travel agencies to
send people for work in Germany, Italy, France, Portugal and other
countries. However, most of Moldavian emigrants are working in Russia.

To get abroad, one has to pay such a "travel agency" 700 to 1,000 dollars,
which is a huge sum by local standards. To get the money, people often
borrow form friends.

However, those repatriated from Italy had not earned enough money to repay
their debts.

Melanie Orhant
morhant@igc.org
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