Due to this grim situation, human trafficking has gained a high level of public exposure and become a matter of great concern at multiple levels. The geographical position of the Balkan countries brings considerable benefits to these countries, as they are situated at the crossroads of the European and Asian routes. Combined with serious problems of the region such as the lack of rule of law, chronic political instability, high unemployment rate, widespread corruption, and porous borders, this strategic geographical position brings tremendous benefits to the organized crime groups, as well.
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 inAmnesty 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 final destination for much of the goods and services is Western Europe. It also has a political purpose — supporting the purchase of arms for Albanian rebels. Nearly two years after NATO troops drove Serb forces from this region, rebels are believed to still be skimming profits from drug and sex slave trafficking to fund illegal arms purchases for ethnic Albanian rebel movements.
The degree of enforcement of the anti-prostitution laws varies by country, by region, and by city. In many places, there is a big discrepancy between the laws which exist on the books and what happens in practice. Depending on the country, various prostitution-related activities may be prohibited where a specific law forbids such activitydecriminalized where there is no specific law either forbidding or allowing and regulating the activityor regulated where a specific law explicitly allows and regulates the activity if certain conditions are met. Activities which are subject to the prostitution laws include: selling and buying sexual services, soliciting in public places, running brothels, deriving financial gain from the prostitution of another, offering premises to be used for prostitution etc.
Many of these women, local residents say, come from Romania, Bulgaria and Ukraine. Some are obviously underage. As the night falls, more and more women come out to their working stations, usually dropped off by men in old cars.
In the city where she does her job, the majority of people know each other. Instead, men of different ages show up mostly in the evening, many of them ready to arrange a deal. Restaurants downstairs, motels upstairs.
Writing about the sex-slave trade is a dangerous assignment. Tens of thousands of Eastern European women are falling victim to the Balkan sex trade. The suspects Sh. After the arrest, the investigative judge detained the cafe owners Sh.
Provide a translation for this content. Trafficking is an economic and human rights issue that calls for a regional solution. The captain explained how trafficking occurs mainly at night, when handlers on the Romanian side of the river turn over groups of two to six women to local boat owners who deliver them to Serbian handlers waiting on the other side. This snapshot highlights a number of features of the expanding sex-trafficking trade in the Balkans.