[Stop-traffic] News/Montenegro: Montenegro police charge 12 with smuggling women

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Subject: [Stop-traffic] News/Montenegro: Montenegro police charge 12 with smuggling women
From: Melanie Orhant (morhant@igc.org)
Date: Tue Aug 15 2000 - 11:14:11 EDT


                 Montenegro police charge 12 with smuggling women

RTw 7-24-00 4:03 PM

Reuters Ltd.

     PODGORICA, Yugoslavia, July 24 (Reuters) - Montenegrin police have
charged 12 people with involvement in a racket selling women into
prostitution abroad, a local newspaper said on Monday.
      Podgorica daily Vijesti said the 12 were also charged with drug
smuggling offences and that two of the accused were still at large.
      The charge sheet accused them of selling foreign women to Albanian
citizens for prostitution and of being involved in drug smuggling, using
the Skadar lake as a transport route between Montenegro and its southern
neighbour.
      Those charged allegedly paid 400-800 German marks ($190-380) for each
woman and sold them for 2,000 marks.
      Vijesti did not specify the nationalities nor the number of the women
allegedly sold.
      Montenegrin police said earlier this month that the crime rate in the
border region had plunged by 80 percent since Montenegrin and Albanian
police started cooperating in May.
      Opponents of Montenegro's western-leaning leadership have often
accused the republic of not doing enough to fight smuggling and other
crime.
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