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From: Melanie Orhant (morhant@igc.org)
Date: Wed Jun 07 2000 - 11:23:49 EDT


          CIA report: 50,000 women, children forced to labor ...

OTC 4-2-00 6:21 PM

WASHINGTON, April 2 (UPI) -- A CIA report says that the United States has
insufficient laws to address a situation where each year up to 50, 000
women and children are brought to the United States from Asia, Latin
America and Eastern Europe and forced to work as prostitutes or abused
laborers, The New York Times reported Sunday.
    The 79-page report, which was completed in November but has not been
officially released by the government, is based on interviews with
government officials, police and victims as well as on reviews of documents
and prior research, The Times said.
    Examples found by the CIA include Thai women brought to the United
States and forced to be "virtual sex slaves," The Times reported. The CIA
said it found Latvian women forced to dance naked, Chinese-Korean women
held as indentured servants and Mexican women and girls promised
housekeeping jobs but told to work as prostitutes, the newspaper reported.
    Mostly in Asian and African countries where girls are not valued, they
are sold and smuggled out to the United States, The Times said.
    A task force established by Attorney General Janet Reno two years ago to
address the issue has been meeting every two or three months, the paper
said. But federal officials say government efforts are badly coordinated
and ineffective.
    And when traffickers are caught and convicted, penalties are light, the
paper said. There are few federal or state laws aimed specifically to stop
the trafficking of humans, The Times said.
    "These low penalties and the long, complicated and resource-intensive
nature of trafficking cases tend to make them unattractive to many U.S.
attorneys," the newspaper quoted the report as saying. Hardly any
government analysts are considering the problem, a government official told
the paper.
UPI 0 by United Press International.


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