News/Russia: RUSSIAN MAFIA TAKING EASTERN EUROPEAN WOMEN TO MEXICO

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Subject: News/Russia: RUSSIAN MAFIA TAKING EASTERN EUROPEAN WOMEN TO MEXICO
From: Melanie Orhant (morhant@igc.org)
Date: Mon Dec 20 1999 - 21:18:54 EST


         RUSSIAN MAFIA TAKING EASTERN EUROPEAN WOMEN TO MEXICO

OTC 12-19-99 9:54 PM

 Mexico City, Dec 19, 1999 (EFE via COMTEX) -- The Russian Mafia is
arranging for Eastern European women to travel to Mexico, where they are
obliged to work as prostitutes and nude dancers, the Mexico City daily
Reforma reported Sunday.
   The paper said police have arrested at least 100 Eastern European
women, mainly Hungarian, Slavic and Russian, during several raids in the
last month.
   Reforma reported that authorities confirmed that members of Russian
organized crime are heavily involved in prostitution in Mexican night
clubs.
   It said the women, most of them in their 20s, are promised trips as
tourists, then introduced to night club agents and provided apartments
near the clubs.
   Some of the arrested women were deported back to their homeland. EFE
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 GEOGRAPHY: Mexico City

    Copyright 1999

Melanie Orhant

morhant@igc.org
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