Subject: [Stop-traffic] News/Macedonia: Prostitution in the Balkans
From: Melanie Orhant (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Fri Jan 05 2001 - 10:14:14 EST
K-For Germans 'using under-age prostitutes'
Tony Paterson in Berlin
Tuesday December 19, 2000
The German army was embarrassed yesterday by allegations that members
of its K-For
contingent in Macedonia regularly visit under-age prostitutes.
The claim, made in a documentary shown by ARD television on Sunday,
dismissed by the defence ministry in Berlin as "unconfirmed".
In the film a Bundeswehr soldier alleged that colleagues visited
brothels in the Maceonian city
of Tetovo where they slept with prostitutes aged 16 and under. He
said their superior officers
were aware of the visits.
The documentary included an interview with a brothel owner from
Tetovo who said that since
the arrival of K-For troops in the region two years ago the number of
brothels had spiralled.
The soldier admitted sleeping with a 16-year-old Bulgarian
prostitute, who was also
She said she had had hundreds of German soldiers as clients.
The defence ministry spokesman pointed out that prostitution was
illegal in Macedonia,
adding: "We have no means of responding to possible illegal
activities in civilian areas or of
launching an inquiry into the allegations. This is purely a matter
for the local authorities."
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