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From: Melanie Orhant (morhant@igc.org)
Date: Thu Jun 15 2000 - 08:53:07 EDT


          U.N. BREAKS UP PROSTITUTION AND SMUGGLING RING IN ...

OTC 4-11-00 8:18 PM

Sarajevo, Apr 11, 2000 (EFE via COMTEX) -- The U.N. mission in Bosnia and
Bosnian police have broken up a prostitution and immigrant smuggling ring
involving more than 150 young women from Eastern Europe, a U.N. spokesman
said Tuesday.
    "Many of these girls entered prostitution under pressure," U.N.
spokesman Douglas Coffman said.
    Ninety-three of the women "worked" out of bars in the northern Bosnian
district of Brcko, 65 in the Muslim-Croat sector and 24 in the Serbian
area.
    Coffman added that 64 of the young women were from Moldova, 60 from
Romania, 37 from the Ukraine and the rest from other Eastern European
countries.
    The U.N. mission has helped 62 of the women return home, Coffman said.
    Human rights advocates said many girls come to Bosnia on the promise of
being sent to a western country to work at regular, well-paying jobs, but
on arrival they are pressured into prostitution.
    In addition to women, men and children are sold at 1,000 to 2,000
dollars apiece, especially in the market known as Arizona, near Brcko.
    At a meeting of the Stability Pact - the western initiative on behalf of
the Balkans - held in Sarajevo in February, regional governments were
called on to implement vigorous measures to combat the slave trade. EFE
            zp/mp/hv
  Agencia EFE S.A.


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