News/Hungary: International Office For Migration Fight

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Subject: News/Hungary: International Office For Migration Fight
From: by way of Melanie Orhant (jkanics@streetlaw.org )
Date: Sat Mar 18 2000 - 14:21:52 EST


International Office For Migration Fights Female "Slave" Trade
BUDAPEST, Mar 18, 2000 -- (Agence France Presse) The International Office
for Migration (IOM) has launched a campaign in Hungary to prevent women
being traded as sex slaves, its Budapest representative Argentina
Szabados said Friday.
The campaign aims to warn women not to be lured by advertisements that
pledge attractive work opportunities abroad.
"One of the standard methods used by women traffickers is to offer easy
work abroad for young and attractive girls. Then they sell applicants or
force them into prostitution," she said.
Sheer force, taking away the girls' passports or burdening them with
imaginary debts are all tactics used by the traffickers to trap the
women, she said.
IOM has set up a toll-free telephone hotline with a Hungarian women's
protection group, from which callers can obtain information about
employment abroad and the potential pitfalls.
"We can advise them what they could do in their own defense," campaign
manager Aniko Bakonyi told a press conference.
According to a recent IOM survey, half of Hungarian girls aged between 13
and 23 want to work abroad, while 40 percent of those asked had "no idea
how they could avoid the dangers," said Krisztina Morvay, who carried out
the survey.
"Experience shows that women trafficking advertisers looking for
babysitters, hostesses, waitresses or go-go girl positions abroad will
give mobile telephone numbers to avoid being tracked down," said Morvay.
((c) 2000 Agence France Presse)


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