Bulgaria declares war on classified ads seeking prostitutes

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Subject: Bulgaria declares war on classified ads seeking prostitutes
From: Salamon Alapitvany (salamon@tiszanet.hu)
Date: Mon Mar 20 2000 - 14:34:54 EST


Please post this for me.

'Dancers needed in Greece..no experience needed..earn $3000 per month."

Who believes this is false advertising ? Try and find a teenage girl in
Bulgaria who doesn't know what this means!

What is delibrately misleading is that earnings for strip tease dancing for
women without work permits (Ukrainians, Romanians and Bulgarians etc.) is
paid at half rate (approx $50.00 per night) Add in tips for lap dancing and
drinks and you can usually add $20.00 per night, outcall-girl sex work with
club clients and you can add an occassional extra $75-100. So monthly wages
are more often like $1 400.

The problems are then unauthorised deductions for arriving late for work or
not selling enough drinks. Bosses who sexually harass the dancers, and
police who demand increasingly large pay-offs, plus many other abuses. All
these things have to be suffered because the Bulgarian dancers do not have
work permits, whereas the dancers from the EU get paid double money for
dancing and usually avoid penalties etc. They can also change clubs far more
easily.

I will be in Greece speaking with Bulgarian dancers in April I will try and
make some of the interviews available.

Regards

John

Subject: 03/17: Bulgaria declares war on classified ads seeking prostitutes

> Subject: Bulgaria declares war on classified ads seeking prostitutes
> Organization: Copyright 2000 by Agence France-Presse
> Date: Fri, 17 Mar 2000 8:14:30 PST
>
> SOFIA, March 17 (AFP) - "Dancers needed for work in Greece -- no
> experience needed -- earn 3,000 dollars a month": such adverts
> falsely tempt Bulgarian women into the international sex trade, and
> the country's government has now declared war.
> "Recruiting waitresses for Cyprus -- attractive -- all
> formalities cleared". "Professional dancers -- Switzerland, Italy".
> Since the fall of communism these adverts have been plastered across
> the classifieds of the daily papers.
> Many of the jobs are phony.
> "There are firms which recruit women to work abroad as models,
> cleaning ladies or in the tourism industry, but more often than not
> they become prostitutes," according to the Bulgarian minister for
> employment and social affairs, Ivan Neikov.
> Mostly the women are sent to Cyprus, Greece, Italy, Poland and
> the Czech Republic, but also to Germany, the Netherlands and France,
> according to Neikov.
> "The very high rate of unemployment is generally what pushes
> these women into accepting risky propositions," he explained.
> The government, which had up till now turned a blind eye to the
> problem, decided to take the matter in hand.
> Following several international meetings broaching the subject
> of the sex trade, the minister intends to publish a list detailing
> the companies recruiting in Bulgaria which are legal.
> Every candidate will therefore be able to check if her company
> is legal or not before she leaves.
> In fact 300 of the 345 companies which advertise do so
> illegally, and not one of the rest is registered as specializing in
> tourism or show-business, according to an inquiry by the weekly
> magazine Capital.
> Some 10,000 Bulgarian women have fallen into the sex trade,
> according to statistics from the International Organization for
> Migration and Animus, a Bulgarian organization which seeks to
> prevent women falling into this trap.
> The women who are drawn into the trade are sometimes as young as
> 14 and tend to live in villages in the Bulgarian border land. They
> pay for their "naive confidence and ignorance," said Nadeja
> Stoitcheva, co-president of Animus.
> Others are women who speak foreign languages and dream of a life
> abroad, she said, and others are gipsy girls, sold by their
> families.
> Bulgaria is also a transit point for international sex traffic.
> Some 1,230 women, including 560 Romanians and 420 Moldovans, were
> stopped last year at Bulgarian customs as they tried to make their
> way westward.
> Bulgaria itself does not ban prostitution, but those "who force
> others into debauchery" risk eight years in prison.
>
> --
> --
> "Love is the law, love under will."
> -Ben Burch
> benburch@wwa.com
>
> 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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