[Stop-traffic] News/Italy: Vigna, more slaves today than when slavery was in force

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Subject: [Stop-traffic] News/Italy: Vigna, more slaves today than when slavery was in force
From: Melanie Orhant (morhant@igc.org)
Date: Thu Nov 09 2000 - 19:35:56 EST


Immigration: Vigna, more slaves today than when slavery was in force
ANSA, October 24, 2000

ROME (ANSA) -- "It may seem strange but there are more slaves today than
there were when slavery was allowed." This statement was made by
[Italian] National Anti Mafia Prosecutor Pier Luigi Vigna October 24 as he
commented on the importance of a seminar currently taking place in Rome
against the trade in human beings.

Vigna stressed that trafficking in human beings is "controlled by crime
organizations of varying ethnic origin who enjoy the logistical support of
Italian crime groups here in our country." "It is these Italian groups,"
Vigna said, "who inform their foreign counterparts with regard to places
where they can put ashore and who then stand guard in order to allow the
migrant runners to put ashore in the most appropriate places." Also,
according to Vigna, people reduced to slavery often fall victim to
exploitation by local Italians in terms of black labor and of prostitution,
above all where foreign women are concerned. Thus the Anti Mafia
Prosecutor went on to stress the importance of "international cooperation
in the dismantlement of ethnic organizations and in providing assistance to
the victims."
Melanie Orhant
Stop-Traffic Moderator

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