[Stop-traffic] News/Turkey: Turkish police deport 150 suspected prostitutes

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Subject: [Stop-traffic] News/Turkey: Turkish police deport 150 suspected prostitutes
From: Melanie Orhant (morhant@igc.org)
Date: Thu Oct 26 2000 - 09:53:00 EDT


Turkish police deport 150 suspected prostitutes
Reuters, October 2, 2000

ISTANBUL, Turkey (Reuters) -- Police deported 150 women suspected of
prostitution from eastern Turkey, state-run Anatolian news agency said on
Monday.

They raided hotels and restaurants in the town of Igdir, near the Armenian
border, and detained women who lacked proper visas. The women were deported
on Saturday after doctors had examined them, a local official told Reuters.

The official would not say where the women were sent.

Anatolian said authorities launched the investigation after receiving
complaints from residents that the women were ``ruining family relations
and wrecking homes.''

Nicknamed ``Natashas,'' thousands of women from the former communist bloc
arrive in Turkey each year to work in the sex trade.
Melanie Orhant
Stop-Traffic Moderator

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