[Stop-traffic] Albania: Traffickers Target Village Women

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Subject: [Stop-traffic] Albania: Traffickers Target Village Women
From: Melanie Orhant (morhant@igc.org)
Date: Wed Nov 22 2000 - 13:23:03 EST


Albanian Daily News
http://www.albaniannews.com/
November 11, 2000

Traffickers Target Village Women
                    VLORA - An association for protection of women's
rights based in this
                    smuggling-stricken coastal town said that
people-smugglers target rural areas
                    to recruit would-be prostitutes.

                    Head of Hearth of Vlora Women Vera Lesko said that
result from a study
                    carried over a two-year period showed that 70
percent of women forced into
                    prostitution come from the rural areas.

                    "Girls from villages fall immediately prey of
traffickers with the promise of a
                    passionate love story, a marriage, and a calm and
rich future," Lesko said.

                    She said that "these men of no scruples know quite
well the psychology of
                    girls" from rural areas and their families: "They
know how to exploit their
                    mentality and their poverty."

                    "These girls accept to accompany men they do not
know well to countries
                    such as Italy, Greece and other, where they are
forced into prostitution," Lesko
                    added.
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