[Stop-traffic] News/BOSNIA: CAPTIVE WOMEN FOUND IN RAID ON SARAJEVO NIGHT CLUB.

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Subject: [Stop-traffic] News/BOSNIA: CAPTIVE WOMEN FOUND IN RAID ON SARAJEVO NIGHT CLUB.
From: Melanie Orhant (morhant@igc.org)
Date: Sat Nov 11 2000 - 18:29:53 EST


31-10-2000 BOSNIA: CAPTIVE WOMEN FOUND IN RAID ON SARAJEVO NIGHT CLUB.
SARAJEVO, Oct 31 (Reuters) - Police found at least a dozen women held
captive when they raided a night club in Sarajevo, in what the United
Nations said on Tuesday was one of the most significant human trafficking
cases police had tackled.
"Last evening local police from Ilidza and members of the Canton Sarajevo
MUP carried out a raid against the Kenta bar and night club," said Douglas
Coffman, spokesman for the U.N. mission in Bosnia which runs an
International Police Task Force.
"IPTF monitored the raid and has interviewed 17 possible victims of human
trafficking. So far 12 women have claimed they were held against their will
and have asked for U.N. assistance in being repatriated to their home
countries in Eastern Europe."
Coffman was unable to give the countries of origin but said the women
usually came from Ukraine and Moldova.
"The owner of the bar was arrested and several weapons confiscated."
Coffman said the mission would continue to follow the case, "which is one
of the most significant human trafficking cases so far addressed by the
police in Bosnia".
A U.N. report published last March said Bosnia had emerged as a significant
destination for trafficking in women from Eastern Europe, many of whom had
responded to advertisements offering waitressing or dancing jobs in Italy
or Germany.
(C) Reuters Limited 2000.
REUTERS NEWS SERVICE
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