[Stop-traffic] News/CZECH REPUBLIC: STREETS OF DUBI LINED WITH BROTHELS AND PROSTITUTES - PR

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Subject: [Stop-traffic] News/CZECH REPUBLIC: STREETS OF DUBI LINED WITH BROTHELS AND PROSTITUTES - PR
From: Melanie Orhant (morhant@igc.org)
Date: Sun Sep 24 2000 - 19:33:34 EDT


9-19-00 CZECH REPUBLIC: STREETS OF DUBI LINED WITH BROTHELS AND PROSTITUTES
- PRESS.
NEW YORK, Sept 19 (CTK) - The streets of Dubi, some ten km from the German
border, are lined with prostitutes and brothels with such names as Libido
and Alibi, the New York Times writes today in a front-page article on the
trade in women in the Czech Republic and other central European countries.
Around 70 percent of the prostitutes in Dubi's brothels are from abroad,
mostly from Bulgaria, Ukraine, Belarus and Russia. They can make ten-times
what they did in their former professions. However, many of them are there
against their will. They were lured by promises of work as child-minders or
waitresses, but when they arrived they found themselves with neither money
nor their passports and heavily indebted, the daily writes.
When you scratch the shiny facade which Dubi gives the sex industry you
find a world of violence, hatred, sexually transmitted diseases, misery and
orphaned children which the prostitutes dump at the nearby Teplice
orphanage, the paper writes.
Child prostitution can also be found in extreme cases. The paper quotes
police spokesman Jiri Voralek from the nearby town of Usti nad labem as
saying that three cases of child prostitution are being investigated
involving nine pimps and 12 children, the youngest of whom is nine.
Women have been coming to the Czech-German border for several years and the
influx shows no sign of ending say Europol European police experts. The
situation, they say, is the same on the Polish-German border at Frankfurt
an der Oder and in Berlin, where it is estimated there are 7,000
prostitutes, the majority of whom are from eastern Europe, the paper
writes.
A typical case is that of 21-year-old Pavlika from Bulgaria who sells her
body on the E55 motorway. Her parents died in a car crash when she was 16
and she then had to take care of her 10-year-old sister. She tried several
poorly-paid jobs and dreamt of finding a German husband. Then she came to
Dubi. For a half-hour session she gets 1,400 crowns, which is half what is
charged on the other, German side of the border. The flood of German cars
therefore does not abate, the paper says.
($1=41.701 crowns)
inw/mr/pvr.
(c) 2000 CTK (Ceska Tiskova Kancelar). All rights reserved.
CTK BUSINESS NEWS 19/09/2000
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