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70 per cent of prostitutes in Belgium are from Bulgaria - report

Author: Petar Kostadinov Date: Tue, Apr 07 2009 9 Comments, 11106 Views
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About 70 per cent of the prostitutes in Belgium were from Bulgaria, a report by RiskMonitor foundation said, as quoted by private national broadcaster Darik Radio on April 7 2009.

The report, presented at a conference on fighting human trafficking hosted by RiskMonitor and the Bulgarian Investigative Service in Sofia, outlined new trends in women trafficking involving Bulgaria.

There was a high number of Bulgarian women being coerced as prostitutes in the Republic of South Africa and the US, which was a new trend, the report said. Bulgarian mafia made 1 350 000 euro from the trafficking of about 10 000 people a year, according to the report.

The money laundering schemes included luxury boutiques and car dealerships. The latest scheme involved investment in agriculture.

According to Dobromir Dochev of the Interior Ministry, Bulgaria had the third-largest number of human trafficking victims of any country in Europe. Bulgaria also served as a transit point for human trafficking from Russia, Moldova and Ukraine to Western Europe.

Belgium, Spain, Germany, France and Germany were the main countries where Bulgarians ended up as human trafficking victims, he said, as quoted by Bulgarian news agency Focus.

A serious problem was the trafficking of children who are used for begging on the streets in Western countries. These children were predominantly of Roma origin and aged between eight and 14 years. Another scheme involved the trafficking of pregnant women who returned without their children.

Sending human traffickers to jail was not a good enough measure against human trafficking, Alexander Karagiannis, deputy chief of mission of the US embassy in Sofia, was quoted by Bulgarian news agency BTA as saying at the forum. What had to be done was to cut off their financial resources, he said.

Bulgaria had made progress in fighting money laundering, but not sufficiently, he said. The country has not yet reached international standards in applying all the legislative procedures and rules against money laundering, Karagiannis said.

The US was ready to aid Bulgaria in this respect. One recommendation was for a legal requirement to formally declare all bank transactions above 30 000 leva, he said.

Bulgaria was on the front line in the fight against human trafficking, which would only increase because of the ongoing financial and economic crisis, Karagiannis said.

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    #14 05, 23, Tue, Sep 22 2009

    What Bulgaria needs is education. Educate the people, and Romani's and Bulgarian's wouldn't be forced to take risky jobs abroad and end up as prostitutes.

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    #13 13, 21, Sun, Jun 07 2009

    you know what we are just fine people think bad things about us well if you had Mafia in your countries you would have the same problem

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    #12 21, 23, Thu, Apr 16 2009

    why do you delete comments?

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    #9 23, 27, Sun, Apr 12 2009

    In this Country some things are missing: Moral, Ethics and Good Maners without this no Education is possible and also no prevention for the following natural things.
    Or have you seen Civil courage any where??

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    #6 01, 47, Sun, Apr 12 2009

    Saeed,
    probably they convert because they get maried to Muslims???

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