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Subject: [Stop-traffic] News/Yugoslaxvia: Report: Police arrest two men in trafficking women ...
From: Melanie Orhant (morhant@igc.org)
Date: Mon Jan 01 2001 - 18:38:56 EST


          Report: Police arrest two men in trafficking women ...

The Associated Press.

    BELGRADE, Yugoslavia (AP) -- Yugoslav police arrested two men Monday for
smuggling Romanian and Moldovan women into Bosnia-Herzegovina for
prostitution, the Beta news agency reported.
    Beta said the two men, one of whom was a Bosnian Serb, organized
transport of the women from Romania across the border into the Serb run
part of Bosnia, where they were "sold" to brothel owners.
    The men received 500 German marks (dlrs 250) for each woman they
smuggled through Yugoslavia, Beta added.
    Following the arrests, police found 17 women, some of them underage, in
apartments in downtown Belgrade, the agency added. Beta described the women
as foreigners but did not provide a breakdown of nationalities.
    Last month, six U.N. police officers were removed from the Bosnian
mission and sent home because of "inappropriate behavior" after a raid on
three bars.
    Local police, assisted by U.N. officers, raided the nightclubs in the
Bosnian Serb town of Prijedor on Nov. 13 and found 33 women apparently
forced into prostitution -- some believed to be as young as 14.
    The owner of the clubs, Milorad Milakovic, accused the U.N. police in
Prijedor of asking for protection money to avoid police action against him.
    Prostitution is illegal in Bosnia, and the U.N. police are deployed
there to make sure the local police do their job and uphold the rule of
law.
    (rr/kk/djk)
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