[Stop-traffic] News/LATVIA: "AFTENPOSTEN" - NORDIC COUNTRIES WISH TO COMBAT SEX TRADE IN B

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Subject: [Stop-traffic] News/LATVIA: "AFTENPOSTEN" - NORDIC COUNTRIES WISH TO COMBAT SEX TRADE IN B
From: Melanie Orhant (morhant@igc.org)
Date: Mon Sep 18 2000 - 10:07:10 EDT


06Sep00 LATVIA: "AFTENPOSTEN" - NORDIC COUNTRIES WISH TO COMBAT SEX TRADE
IN BALTIC COUNTRIES.
By Ieva Arnte LETA.
RIGA, Sept. 6 (LETA) - The Nordic Countries have resolved to jointly combat
the ever-increasing sex trade with women in the Baltic countries, the
Norwegian ne wspaper "Aftenposten" writes.
During their meeting in Copenhagen, ministers and delegates from the Nordic
Cou ntries decided to draw up a joint action plan for fighting sexual abuse
of Latv ian and Lithuanian women.
Jytte Andersen, the Danish utility minister, admits that it is known that
Balti c women are being bought and sold, that the sex industry exists and
that women are being exported to the West.
Both Interpol and Europol concede that annually 500,000 women worldwide
become victims of the sex trade. Experts say that more money is involved in
this busin ess than in drug trafficking.
Andersen accents the importance of coordinated operations of the Nordic
Countri es and organizations in combating sex trade.
Men are enticing women away to Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden
pro mising to marry them and other benefits, Andersen says. The women
realize much too late that they are being involved in violence and
prostitution and they are reluctant to report to authorities fearful that
they may be sent back to their native countries.
The Danish minister informs that the women who report on their "husbands"
will receive residency permits and more severe penalties will be imposed on
traffick ers with people.
Andersen expresses surprise that drug traffickers receive more severe
penalties. The maximum sentence for smuggling drugs is 15 years, whereas
dealing in sex trade - only six years.
(The above news item is based on information prepared by the Ministry of
Foreig n Affairs' Press Analysis Department).
(c) LETA 2000.
LATVIAN NEWS AGENCY 06/09/2000
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