Saturday, December 04, 2004

Armenia supplying prostitutes for international trafficking - research shows

1 Dec 04


Armenia is a country that supplies prostitutes for international trafficking in countries like Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, Germany, Greece, the USA and other western European countries. This is the result of research conducted by the Armenian-European centre for economic policy and legal consultations (AEPLAC).

According to the research, most of these women are being trafficked to Turkey and the USA (61.4 per cent and 29.5 per cent respectively). A considerably small number of them are trafficked to Bulgaria and Poland (2.3 per cent each).

The trafficked women are mainly from Yerevan, Gyumri and Vanadzor – 33 per cent of them are from Yerevan, 30 from Gyumri and 18 from Vanadzor. The research showed that in most cases, women leaving the country are planning to work in their new place of residence (76.2 per cent), including prostitution (18.6 per cent). As usual, the victims of trafficking are women who have economic difficulties and represent the poorest strata of urban society.

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