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August-03-98

Ukraine and Poland Join To End Sex-Slave Industry

Poland and the Ukraine agreed on Thursday to join the fight against the growing sex -slave industry in Western Europe, which has trapped more than 100,000 Ukrainian women and enslaved them as prostitutes.

"Trafficking women is becoming an increasingly international procedure," commented Maria Halczyj-Siwecka of the Warsaw Interpool bureau, who believes that Western European countries can bring change by exchanging information and creating joint databases.

Poland has long been a transit country for prostitutes being funneled throughout Western Europe from the Ukraine, Lithuania and Belarus. As a result, Poland set up sex-trafficking prevention programs, financed by the La Strada foundation, funded by the European Union. Ukrainian officials hope that the three-year office will help end the country's sex-slave industry.

Media Resources: Reuters - July 30, 1998