Subject: [Stop-traffic] News/Yugoslavia: Police find 33 women apparently forced into prostitution
From: Melanie Orhant (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Fri Dec 22 2000 - 12:29:45 EST
Police find 33 women apparently forced into prostitution
The Associated Press, November 15, 2000
SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) -- Police raided three nightclubs in
northwest Bosnia and found 33 women apparently forced into prostitution,
international officials said Wednesday. Some of them are believed to be
girls as young as 14.
The nightclubs, all of them near the town of Prijedor, in the Bosnian Serb
half of the country, were raided by local police on Monday evening. U.N.
police supervised the raid.
''It was concluded during a preliminary investigation after the raid that
33 women, employed at the clubs, were victims of human trafficking for the
purpose of forced prostitution,'' said a statement issued by the U.N.
Mission in Bosnia on Wednesday.
''This was the most significant police action taken do date by police in
Bosnia to address the serious problem of human trafficking and forced
prostitution,'' it said.
The women were from Romania, Moldova, Ukraine and Russia. It is believed
that several of the trafficking victims were as young as 14, the statement
The head of the U.N. Mission in Bosnia, Jacques Paul Klein, called upon the
judicial authorities to punish those responsible to the full extent of the
law for their ''repugnant'' crimes.
The U.N. Mission here is working with the International Organization for
Migration to repatriate the women to their home countries. Since March
1999, more than 200 victims of human trafficking have been identified and
repatriated to their countries.
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