News/CZECH REPUBLIC: CZECH OFFICIAL SAYS TRADE IN WOMEN, CORRUPTION HOT ISSUE

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Subject: News/CZECH REPUBLIC: CZECH OFFICIAL SAYS TRADE IN WOMEN, CORRUPTION HOT ISSUE
From: Melanie Orhant (morhant@igc.org)
Date: Wed Jun 21 2000 - 08:09:05 EDT


14Apr00 CZECH REPUBLIC: CZECH OFFICIAL SAYS TRADE IN WOMEN, CORRUPTION HOT
ISSUES IN ORGANIZED CRIME.
Text of report in English by the Czech news agency CTK

Vienna, 14th April: Trade in women and fighting corruption are the Czech
Republic's biggest problems in confronting international crime, Deputy
Interior Minister Petr Ibl told Czech journalists in Vienna where he is
attending the 10th UN conference on crime prevention and prosecution of
criminals. He said trade in women was most serious since the Czech Republic
was "a target, source as well as transit country".

Ibl, who was appointed deputy interior minister last week, told the
conference that the Czech Republic agreed with the approval of a
declaration which would politically promote struggle against international
organized crime. He also supported the convention on fighting organized
crime which the UN General Assembly is to adopt in the autumn. Ibl said
that international crime was "the dark side of globalization".

He said that in 1990-92 exclusively foreign criminal organizations probably
operated in the Czech Republic, but later they started to be interlinked
with domestic crime and also purely domestic groups emerged. Ibl told the
conference that some 75 organized crime groups operated in the Czech
Republic last year, of which 20 per cent were purely domestic, and that all
these groups had about 2,000 members.

"Organized crime concentrated in 1999 on the production and smuggling of
drugs, car theft, organization of prostitution and illegal migration," Ibl
said. He added that the Czech Republic had worked out a number of "measures
to prevent and fight international crime", modern legislation had been
passed and specialized police structures had been built up.

Good results were attained in fighting traffic in drugs, and traffic in
cocaine has almost been eradicated, Ibl said.

BBC MONITORING INTERNATIONAL REPORTS
BBC MONITORING EUROPEAN - POLITICAL 14/04/2000


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