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NGO Says Trafficking Of Women Rampant In Kosovo

6 May 2004 -- Amnesty International says that trafficking of women and girls for sexual purposes in Kosovo comprises a disgraceful human rights abuse.

The London-based human rights organization said that the international community itself bears complicity for growth of a sex industry based on the abuse of trafficked women in Kosovo.

Amnesty cited reports that the number of establishments in Kosovo where trafficked women and girls may be exploited has increased from 18 in 1999 to more than 200 in 2003. The report said that clients include international police and troops.

It said the women come from Moldova, Romania, Bulgaria, and Ukraine, and Kosovo itself. The report said that the women are sold into slavery.