Subject: [Stop-traffic] News/Romania: Romanian women work as prostitutes abroad due to we...
From: Melanie Orhant (email@example.com)
Date: Wed Oct 25 2000 - 10:12:09 EDT
Romanian women work as prostitutes abroad due to we...
APws 10-16-00 4:36 PM
The Associated Press.
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) -- An increasing number of Romanian women are
being forced into prostitution abroad due to the country's ailing economy
and instability in the Balkans, an official said Monday.
In the past year, 100 women and girls have managed to notify authorities
and been repatriated from Albania, Bosnia, Kosovo, Serbia and Italy, said
Louis Ulrich, spokesman for the Romanian office of International
Organization for Migration.
Some of those who returned to Romania were as young as 11 or 12, Ulrich
To help combat trafficking, the U.S. government gave Romania dlrs
300,000 Monday to raise public awareness of the problem.
"We are pleased to work with the government of Romania to help Romanian
women who have fallen prey to this modern form of slavery," U.S. Ambassador
to Romania James C. Rosapape said.
He said the embassy and the Romanian government were working with the
Southeast European Cooperative Initiative, a pan-Balkan organization to
combat crime, "to go directly after the evil practitioners of this odious
More than a decade of economic decline and uncertainty about the
country's future have led young women to search for more lucrative
Many left Romania "thinking they would get a well-paid job at a
restaurant, at a bar or as a ballerina" after answering employment ads,
Ulrich said. The women instead ended up being forced to work as
Many wound up in former Yugoslavia, where instability has brought large
numbers of foreigners to work in Bosnia and Kosovo.
According to unofficial statistics, hundreds of Romanian women work
abroad as prostitutes. Capture of the traffickers is rare.
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