[Stop-traffic] News/Mexico: Hungarian ambassador denounces women-smuggling ring

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Subject: [Stop-traffic] News/Mexico: Hungarian ambassador denounces women-smuggling ring
From: Melanie Orhant (morhant@igc.org)
Date: Thu Nov 30 2000 - 06:25:20 EST


Hungarian ambassador denounces women-smuggling ring
Agencia EFE, November 26, 2000

MONTERREY, Mexico (EFE) -- Hungarian Ambassador to Mexico Gyula Nemeth on
Saturday reported the existence of an international ring that smuggles
Hungarian women into Mexico.

The diplomat said the women are being hired as strippers in Mexican bars.

During a visit to Monterrey, capital of the border state of Nuevo Leon, the
diplomat said the women enter the country as tourists and stay in Mexico to
work illegally.

"The owners of these bars are responsible for hiring people without
permission of the Mexican immigration authorities," Nemeth said.

He also said that Hungarian women have said that they were forced to work
in the bars after deals were struck between the smugglers and bar owners.

Mexican immigration authorities arrested six Hungarian women in a bar and
deported them in August. They had been working there as exotic dancers.

Nemeth said that the smuggling ring took advantage of an agreement between
Mexico and Hungary, allowing tourists from both countries to enter each
country without a visa and have a three-month stay.

Melanie Orhant
Stop-Traffic Moderator

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