News/BELARUS: BELARUS HAS NO LEGISLATURE BANNING SALE OF HUMANS - INTERIOR MI

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Subject: News/BELARUS: BELARUS HAS NO LEGISLATURE BANNING SALE OF HUMANS - INTERIOR MI
From: Melanie Orhant (morhant@igc.org)
Date: Wed Apr 26 2000 - 20:31:14 EDT


4-21-00 BELARUS: BELARUS HAS NO LEGISLATURE BANNING SALE OF HUMANS -
INTERIOR MINISTRY REPRESENTATIVE.
Minsk. April 21. (Interfax-West) - So far Belarus has no legislature
banning sale of humans, claimed deputy head of moral development and
illegal drug trafficking department of interior ministry Nikolay Lukanov at
a seminar "White slavery in Belarus and ways of combating it". Commenting
on the role of legislature in fight against prostitution and pandering, Mr
Lukanov stressed there was no criminal responsibility for prostitution.
People involved into prostitution are subject to fines. The maximum fine
makes up 20 minimum monthly salaries, said Mr Lukanov. According to him the
republic is "in transition". High inflation rate, unemployment are the
factors stirring up prostitution". Interior ministry officials display
concern with growing number of representatives of the "ancient profession",
noted Mr Lukanov. In particular, 57 prostitutes were made answerable in
1996, 243 - in 1999, and 60 women - over the three months of the year. The
deputy head of moral development and illegal drug trafficking department
said 69 criminal proceedings were instituted last year against people
involved into gambling and pimping last year. Mr Lukanov admitted that
1.159 prostitutes are registered on the books in Minsk. After having
studied "advertisements" in local newspapers the Belarusian law enforcers
revealed 19 parlor houses. Experts of interior ministry of Belarus believe
that prostitution contributes to the business of sexual exploitation both
in Belarus and beyond its borders, said Mr Lukanov. Belarusian women
organize prostitution tours to Germany, Poland, Lithuania, Czech Republic,
Turkey, Cyprus. 109 prostitutes were departed from Germany, Czech Republic,
the Netherlands, Italy, Israel, Lithuania, Poland, Greece within the period
from January 1999 to April 2000, stressed Mr Lukanov. He pointed at the
fact that "business relations" had been established between Belarusian
prostitutes and souteneurs and brothels in Europe, Arab countries, Asia.
Law enforcers arrested last year a company that sold 37 Belarusian women to
Turkey over two years and made a profit of $5 million, noted Mr Lukanov. At
the same time, the ministry representative said prostitution was not "of a
large-scale business" in Belarus". In most cases women are aware of the
business they will be involved into and go abroad voluntarily. Mr Lukanov
noted there was no official statistics about how many Belarusian women had
left Belarus and had been forced to worked as prostitutes. [BY EUROPE EMRG
LDC ODDS]
(c) 2000 by Interfax International, Ltd.
INTERFAX NEWS AGENCY
INTERFAX BELORUSSIAN NEWS 21/04/2000


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