[Stop-traffic] News/Russia: Russian To Sign U.N. Crime Treaty

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Subject: [Stop-traffic] News/Russia: Russian To Sign U.N. Crime Treaty
From: Melanie Orhant (morhant@igc.org)
Date: Thu Jan 04 2001 - 11:41:54 EST

Yet again, the Trafficking Protocol is being mis-defined as an
anti-prostitution protocol. However, to the chagrin of many who
define trafficking as equal to prostitution, the Trafficking Protocol
covers all forms of trafficking in people (men, women and children)
for all types of forced labor (agricultural, domestic work,
sweatshop, fishers, begging, forced prostitution, etc.)


                    Russian To Sign U.N. Crime Treaty

  The Associated Press.

    MOSCOW (AP) -- Russia said Monday it will sign a United Nations treaty
aimed at combatting international crime, including money laundering and
trafficking in women for prostitution.
    President Vladimir Putin signed an order directing Sergei Ivanov, head
of the government's Security Council, to sign the U.N. Convention Against
Transnational Crime, the Kremlin said in a statement.
    The convention, approved by the General Assembly on Nov. 15, will open
for signatures during a conference that begins Tuesday in Palermo, Italy.
At least 40 countries must sign and then ratify the convention for it to
take effect.
    Countries signing the treaty commit themselves to adopting uniform laws
to fight organized crime, strengthen money laundering investigations and
streamline extradition.
    The treaty also includes measures to protect witnesses who testify
against crime groups and holds multinational companies liable if implicated
in money laundering cases.
    Two protocols target the trafficking of women and children, a problem
that has spread in Eastern Europe after the collapse of the Soviet bloc.
    Russia has been the focus of news media reports and criminal
investigations regarding alleged money laundering through Western banks.

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