[Stop-traffic] News/Bosnia: ENSLAVED WOMEN FOUND IN POLICE RAID IN SARAJEVO NIGHTCLUB

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Subject: [Stop-traffic] News/Bosnia: ENSLAVED WOMEN FOUND IN POLICE RAID IN SARAJEVO NIGHTCLUB
From: Melanie Orhant (morhant@igc.org)
Date: Thu Nov 30 2000 - 14:15:52 EST


> **** TRAFFICKING IN WOMEN AND CHILDREN **** ENSLAVED WOMEN FOUND IN
> POLICE RAID IN SARAJEVO NIGHTCLUB: On October 30, local police in
> Ilidza and members of the Canton Sarajevo Police found at least a dozen
> women held captive when they raided Kenta, a night club in Sarajevo,
> Yugoslavia. According to the UN International Police Task Force (ITPF)
> in Bosnia-Herzegovina this was one of the most significant human
> trafficking cases police had tackled. IPTF monitored the raid and has
> already interviewed 17 possible victims of human trafficking. So far,
> 12 of the women claimed they were held against their will and have asked
> for UN assistance in being repatriated to their home countries in
> Eastern Europe, probably Ukraine and Moldova. The owner of the bar was
> arrested and several weapons were confiscated. The UN mission would
> continue to follow the case, which is one of the most significant human
> trafficking cases so far addressed by ITPF. A UN report published in
> March 2000 said Bosnia had emerged as a significant destination for
> trafficking in women from Eastern Europe, many of whom had been lured by
> advertisements offering waitress or dancing jobs in Italy or Germany.
> (Source: Reuters, Europol, October 31, 2000)
Melanie Orhant
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