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UN/NATO Sex Slave Rings Update... should make YOU sick

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posted on May, 7 2004 @ 08:16 PM

Western troops, policemen, and civilians are largely to blame for the rapid growth of the sex slavery industry in Kosovo over the past five years, a mushrooming trade in which hundreds of women, many of them under-age girls, are tortured, raped, abused and then criminalised, Amnesty International said yesterday.

In a report on the rapid growth of sex-trafficking and forced prostitution rackets since Nato troops and UN administrators took over the Balkan province in 1999, Amnesty said Nato soldiers, UN police, and western aid workers operated with near impunity in exploiting the victims of the sex traffickers.

As a result of the influx of thousands of Nato-led peacekeepers, "Kosovo soon became a major destination country for women trafficked into forced prostitution. A small-scale local market for prostitution was transformed into a large-scale industry based on trafficking, predominantly run by criminal networks."

The international presence in Kosovo continues to generate 80% of the income for the pimps, brothel-owners, and mafiosi who abduct local girls or traffic women mainly from Moldova, Romania, Ukraine, and Russia to Kosovo via Serbia, the report said, although the international "client base" for the sex trade has fallen to 20% last year from 80% four years ago.

Up to 2,000 women are estimated to have been coerced into sex slavery in Kosovo, which had seen "an unprecedented escalation in trafficking" in recent years. The number of premises in Kosovo listed by a special UN police unit as being involved in the rackets has swollen from 18 in 1999 to 200 this year.

A few weeks ago the UN's department of peacekeeping in New York acknowledged that "peacekeepers have come to be seen as part of the problem in trafficking rather than the solution".

The sex slavery in Kosovo parallels similar phenomena next door in Bosnia, where the arrival of thousands of Nato peacekeepers in 1995 fuelled a thriving forced prostitution industry.

International personnel in Kosovo enjoy immunity from prosecution unless this is waived by the UN in New York for UN employees or by national military chiefs for Nato-led troops.

One police officer last year and another the year before had their immunity waived, enabling criminal prosecutions.

"Amnesty International has been unable to find any evidence of any criminal proceedings related to trafficking against any military personnel in their home countries," the 80-page report said.

The report said that US, French, German and Italian soldiers were known to have been involved in the rackets.

Criticism of the international troops in Kosovo follows a recent broader indictment of the Kosovo mission by the International Crisis Group thinktank, which called for the mission to be overhauled.

Women were bought and sold for up to Ł2,000 and then kept in appalling conditions as slaves by their "owners", Amnesty said. They were routinely raped "as a means of control and coercion", beaten, held at gunpoint, robbed, and kept in darkened rooms unable to go out.

Apart from women trafficked into Kosovo, there is a worsening problem with girls abducted locally. A Kosovo support group working with victims reported that a third of these locals were under 14, and 80% were under 18.

The UN admission in March that its peacekeepers were part of the problem was welcome, said Amnesty.

Aftermath News Service

The girls are promised jobs but end up selling sex This is what you can expect when the UN comes to police American streets to "restore order"...

posted on May, 7 2004 @ 08:22 PM
Wow. I never realized the problem was that widespread. Well, I've always hated the U.N. and everything they stand for. I guess this is just more fuel for my fire.

P.S. The fact that American troops are involved makes this especially heartwrenching. If any of those Americans responsible are ever caught, I would love to see what would happen if there names are broadcasted on CNN. Imagine what mommy and daddy would think about their what their little soldier boy is doing "defending freedom" overseas.

posted on May, 7 2004 @ 08:28 PM
Sex slavery is very widespread. The ploy of offering good jobs to women and then sending them into prostitution (and setting the price for their freedom at too high for them or their families to afford) is actually fairly common in the poorer countries.

Here in American we break up several of these rings each year (and I assure you it's not the UN or UN soldiers doing it), where the girls are from Mexico or Columbia or other South American countries and the clients... well, you could be living next door to one of them.

Like this story:

Or this one (Canada, 1997... just the first one I came across... there are more of these)

...and so on and so forth. It's a huge problem.

posted on May, 7 2004 @ 09:20 PM
I heard about this # when everyone was getting deployed to Bosnia back in 95. A couple soldiers came back from there and told me about it, not quite like this, but they said that they heard through the grapevine there were places to go to have sex with little girls. I think they also had little boys for sale. It was very small scale back then, probably local people doing it, but i didnt know it could have spread this big.

Israel has big sex slave rackets going too. Mostly women from eastern Europe.

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