[Stop-traffic] News/Italy: Italy grants resident permits to prostitutes quitting business

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Subject: [Stop-traffic] News/Italy: Italy grants resident permits to prostitutes quitting business
From: Melanie Orhant (morhant@igc.org)
Date: Thu Oct 26 2000 - 19:37:50 EDT


Italy grants resident permits to prostitutes quitting business
Agence France Presse, October 24, 2000

ROME (AFP) -- Italy granted resident permits to about 600 expatriate
prostitutes without proper immigration documents last month in exchange for
promises that they will quit the sex trade, Interior Minister Enzo Bianco
said Tuesday.

The decision is part of a government package of steps fighting illegal
immigration and pimping by members of organized crime.

Prostitutes can seek police protection and assistance by government-funded
help associations through a toll-free telephone number.

Bianco who made the announcement at a conference on human-trafficking which
opened in Rome Tuesday said immigrant women who fall prey to pimps are in
fact becoming victims of a new type of slavery.

Italy is among countries where "often expatriate members of organized
crime, or international gangs carry off women, children, human beings by
force, " said Bianco.

"Usually they only cross Italy, but sometimes they are also exploited here
before being taken somewhere else."

Italian charities estimate the number of prostitutes working in Italy at
30, 000, including 25,000 expatriates. They are mainly from eastern Europe
or Africa and work here without valid immigration papers.
Melanie Orhant
Stop-Traffic Moderator

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