AP, November 27, 2002
Bosnia Forced Prostitution
Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina-AP -- A human rights group says human trafficking and prostitution are flourishing in Bosnia.
Human Rights Watch says diplomatic immunity from prosecution has allowed international officials to create an atmosphere where the crimes can thrive.
The group's investigation says about two-thousand victims have been trafficked into the country -- and then sold for anywhere from about 700 dollars to 23-hundred dollars.
It says the victims are usually young women from Eastern European countries who are promised jobs in the West -- and are then put to work in Bosnian brothels, after having their passports taken away.
The group says the traffickers get away with the crimes even when caught. And it says it has evidence that some members of the U-N's international police force have been involved.