[Stop-traffic] News/Italy: Human trafficking: The latest mafia moneyspinner

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Subject: [Stop-traffic] News/Italy: Human trafficking: The latest mafia moneyspinner
From: Melanie Orhant (morhant@igc.org)
Date: Mon Nov 13 2000 - 09:36:45 EST


Human trafficking: The latest mafia moneyspinner
Agence France Presse, December 6, 2000

ROME (AFP) -- Tens of thousands of illegal immigrants from 50 countries
have been smuggled into Italy this year as human trafficking becomes one of
the mafias' most lucrative rackets. according to a new parliamentary report.

Those smuggled in normally find themselves engaged in prostitution, beggary
or the black market.

They are "considered like merchandise, subjected to violence, blackmail and
reduced to slavery," the report by the parliamentary anti-mafia commission
said.

Even where there is no proof of human smuggling rings, the report said that
such organised crime operations were probably operating, with the criminal
gangs -- notably Italian, Albanian, Asian mafias -- working together or
slicing up the market.

The report, released Tuesday, focussed on the situation in northern Italy,
near the 300-kilometre (190-mile) border with Slovenia, a new route for
human trafficking, particularly from Asia.

The report also listed the fees demanded by the immigration rings for
clandestine entry into Italy, ranging from 1,000 euros (dollars) from
Albania to 5,600 euros for a journey beginning in Iraq.

Human trafficking represents huge profits with lower risks than the mafias'
other criminal activies, such as arms and drugs trafficking, the report said.
Melanie Orhant
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