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SVAW Newsletter – Issue 02 ACT 77/061/2004 01 June 2004

Kosovo: women for sale

Women and girls are being trafficked from some of the poorest countries in Europe and forced to work as prostitutes in Kosovo. Many of the men who buy their services are working for the UN and other international organizations.

These young women and girls are subjected to repeated human rights violations. They are sold into slavery. They are threatened, beaten, raped and effectively imprisoned by their owners. They are often too afraid to escape and the authorities are failing to help them.

Women and girls are often sold several times in transit, for prices ranging from €50 to €3500.

The majority of trafficked women and girls have been forced to have unprotected sex; only 10 per cent receive regular health care.

Despite some positive measures by the authorities, trafficked women and girls are often still treated as criminals - prosecuted for being unlawfully in Kosovo, or charged with prostitution following raids by police.

International personnel from UNMIK (UN Interim Mission in Kosovo) and KFOR (NATO-led international military force) enjoy a general immunity from prosecution, unless explicitly waived by senior officials.

Trafficking of women and girls in Kosovo will never end as long as the perpetrators go free and as long as civilian and military personnel are allowed to commit human rights violations with impunity.

Trafficking is a widespread and pervasive form of violence against women.

"I was beaten and I was forced to have sexual intercourse ... if we were not willing, they just beat us and raped us."



Find out more: Trafficked women and girls have human rights

http://web.amnesty.org/actforwomen/stories-9-eng

Kosovo: Facts and figures on trafficking of women and girls for forced prostitution in Kosovo

http://news.amnesty.org/mav/index/engeur700132004



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http://news.amnesty.org/mav/index/engasa3350072004



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http://news.amnesty.org/mav/index/engeur6822042004



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http://news.amnesty.org/mav/index/engpol300202004



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