Tuesday, February 28, 2006


Human trafficking is on the rise in Europe and throughout
the world. This week's EuroQuest looks at the problem and what's being done to combat its spread.
To the right is Anna Ziverte. As she is the star witness in a number of has cases the Dutch government has pending against human traffickers, she has understandably turned her back to the camera.
Click here for a full article about her ordeal as well as an interview in both Real and Windows Media formats.

Segment 1 - Turkey Fights Sex Slavery
The UN’s Organization for Migration has set up an emergency telephone line for trafficked women. Fifty-two women have been saved this way since its launch last year. Dorian Jones has more from Istanbul.

Segment 2 - Anne Ziverte Tells Her Story
After Anna Ziverte was freed from forced sex slavery in Holland, she went to the police. And then, as she told Sarah Johnson, another nightmare began.

Segment 3 - OSCE Special Representative on Combating Trafficking
Jonathan asks Helga Konrad, the OSCEs Special Representative on Combating Trafficking in Human Beings, her reaction to our stories from Turkey and the sad tale of Anna Ziverte?
Click here for more information on the OSCE's efforts.

Segment 4 - France Clamps Down on False Marriages
France is clamping down on fraudulent marriages that some immigrants are using to obtain citizenship. As John Laurenson reports from Paris, illegal unions are becoming big business in parts of France.

Download this week's program in high quality mp3


At 6:46 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Greetings from Canada.

Very interesting interview with Miss. Ziverte. Do you know if her book will be available translated to english (or french) ?

Please forward my best wishes to her.

At 8:21 PM, Blogger Jonathan Groubert said...

As far as I know, it's still only in Dutch, but I'll look into it for you.

At 4:57 AM, Blogger The Closet Grandmaster said...

I just heard this news item not more than 30 seconds ago all the way in Sydney, Australia. It's not at all surprising that customers of prostitutes are the ones to support trafficked women. After all, if the governments were really serious, then they would possibly shut down the sex industry, if only temporarily. And men can't have that.

At 3:44 PM, Blogger Jonathan Groubert said...

Thanks for chiming in all the way from Sydney where we can be heard on ABC News Radio. Was that how you heard us?

I agree, it's not surprising the johns are the ones blowing the whistle.

But I think it's important to understand the Dutch thinking on Prostituion, which is one of acceptance as a fact. I think the Dutch government, and the Dutch people for that matter, do not believe that any government anywhere in the world could actually do away with prostitution no matter how hard they clamp down on it. That is why it is tolerated, but not legal as many people think, in Holland.

This makes sense to me. It is not for nothing that it is called "the world's oldest profession".


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