[Stop-traffic] News/SLOVAKIA: SLOVAK POLICE ALLEGEDLY INDIFFERENT TO KIDNAPS OF ROMANY GIRLS

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Subject: [Stop-traffic] News/SLOVAKIA: SLOVAK POLICE ALLEGEDLY INDIFFERENT TO KIDNAPS OF ROMANY GIRLS
From: Melanie Orhant (morhant@igc.org)
Date: Tue Aug 15 2000 - 11:14:11 EDT


7-24-00 SLOVAKIA: SLOVAK POLICE ALLEGEDLY INDIFFERENT TO KIDNAPS OF ROMANY
GIRLS.
BRATISLAVA, July 24 (CTK) - The Slovak police is allegedly indifferent to
kidnaps of Romany girls from east Slovakia who are sold as prostitutes in
the Czech Republic, the Slovak radio Twist has reported referring to the
case of a 16-year old Sylvie from the village of Hencovce, east Slovakia.
The girl was missing for almost a month until she managed to escape from
Teplice, north Bohemia, and return home. The police meanwhile announced the
search for Sylvie but refused to deal with the suspicion of the media and
her parents that she had been kidnapped by pimps.
"The police investigation has not proved that the person would have been
kidnapped. We however have information that persons or girls leave for the
Czech Republic voluntarily," a police officer told Twist.
At least three other girls from surrounding villages suffered the same fate
but no case of kidnap has been entered in the police records so far, Twist
said.
The father of Sylvie managed to literally beat the confession out of one of
the kidnappers that his daughter had been kidnapped to the Czech Republic
by a man known under the nickname Diesel. They kidnapped her and sold her
for 200 German marks at a gas station in Teplice.
Sylvie was locked in a two-room apartment in Teplice for three weeks until
she managed to escape. A lorry brought Sylvie to Slovakia where she was
later detained by the police in a nationwide search. The girl is still not
able to talk about the kidnap as she is in shock. If a car stops by the
house she immediately hides under a bed.
ice/mr/ms.
(c) 2000 CTK (Ceska Tiskova Kancelar).
CTK BUSINESS NEWS 24/07/2000
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