Subject: RE: News/Hungary: International Office For Migration Fight
From: FERNANDEZ IDA MAE (IFernandez@iom.int)
Date: Sun Mar 19 2000 - 21:15:21 EST
minor correction, please. IOM stands for International ORGANIZATION for
idamae v. fernandez
International Organization for Migration
Regional Office for East Asia and Oceania
2/F Victoria Building, 429 UN Avenue
Tel: +632.536.60.10 Fax: +632.521.38.41
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> 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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