Subject: [Stop-traffic] Outcomes for Moldovan Women in Kosova ?
From: Migration Research (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Sat Nov 18 2000 - 16:26:38 EST
And what is the outcome for the women involved in the following article
?...Return to Molodova and the same circumstances that made them vulnerable
in the first place!
Not many if any... Hungarians, Czechs or Polish women in Kosova being abused
in dreadful, nasty little clubs. Is this because they other more secure
migration routes ? Hungary is much closer to Kosova and has plenty of sex
workers, but they can travel to the EU without having to pass through
Kosova, unlike the Molodavians who usually need to go via Kosova and Albania
to Italy etc.
Now is the time to recognise that the new wave European "trafficking" is not
an initiative of organised crime but a response. It is a response to
European immigration policy that forces and compels women to resort to
"traffickers" to effect almost any form of migration.
Maybe we could examine this "force and complusion" in terms of the
"trafficking" debate. Who is forcing and compelling women to resort to
"traffickers" and therefore to be so vulnerable to these terrible abuses ?
Special report: Kosovo
Nicholas Wood in Pristina
Saturday November 18, 2000
Police in Kosovo, backed by British and Norwegian peacekeeping troops, say
they have broken an international trafficking and prostitution ring by
raiding bars, hotels and homes in the town of Kosovo Polje, near the
provincial capital Pristina.
Officials of the Nato-led peacekeeping force K-For said the operation had
revealed the involvement of both Serbs and Albanians in the province's sex
Twelve women, all from the republic of Moldova, were found as the police and
troops searched the area.
The K-For spokesman, Flight Lieutenant Martin Perin, said the trade was
centred on Albanian-owned bars in the town. Serbs had been identified as
controlling prostitutes in private houses and flats.
"There has been a considerable amount of cooperation between Albanian and
Serb pimps, with women being exchanged between them."
Teams of royal marine commandos used sledgehammers to smash down the doors
of a house and several flats. Sniffer dogs were sent in to search for
Most of the women were found in the Black Lady bar, on the ground floor of a
block of flats. Red velvet curtains covered what used to be a shop window,
and a disco ball lit up the centre of the room.
Six women were led away by police officers to a waiting van while three men,
the bar's owners, were handcuffed and photographed. Nobody tried to resist
arrest. One of the men held the womens' passports.
A Royal Ulster Constabulary officer seconded to the UN said the women were
nearly all there against their will.
"Some may be victims of trafficking, others women who got into prostitution
but were held against their will. They don't have freedom of movement and
they are not being paid," he said.
He said the raids had been made with the support of residents. "The local
community are fed up with pimping and prostitution going on in their
Elsewhere, police officers said they found drugs and syringes. Seven people
were arrested and four pistols were seized. A police spokesman said several
of the suspects were believed to be former members of the Kosovo Liberation
A senior former KLA commander, Sabit Geci, was detained in Pristina last
month, accused of threatening to kill the owner of strip bar.
The sex slave trade has boomed since the UN took control of Kosovo 17 months
ago. The women are smuggled into the province from Serbia and Macedonia, and
sold for as little as £350.
Many are tricked into leaving their homes, mainly in eastern Europe, by the
promise of work in the west.
The arrests follow the creation of 22-strong trafficking and prostitution
unit. The UN's police spokesman, Derek Chapelle, said the military's
concentration on combating the high murder rate and inter-ethnic violence
had left the sex trade to grow largely unhindered.
"This is the first large-scale effort directed against the problem," he
said. "Until now people have felt fairly safe here, there has been a climate
of impunity. The message now is that we will direct our resources against
any aspect of criminality."
The 12 women will be given the opportunity to return to Moldova if they were
brought to Kosovo against their will.
Guardian Unlimited © Guardian Newspapers Limited 2000
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