Bulgaria Ranked Third in Europe in Number of Human Trafficking Victims

Crime | December 9, 2008, Tuesday // 00:00| Views: | Comments: 12
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Bulgaria ranks third in Europe after Russia and the Ukraine in the number of its citizens who fall prey to human trafficking for sexual exploitation.

This was announced Tuesday during a round table on human trafficking, which took place in Sofia.

The Head of the Human Trafficking Sector at Bulgaria's Interior Ministry Dobromir Dochev explained certain Bulgarian cities such as Sliven, Pazardzhik, Varna, and Burgas carried more risk with human trafficking for sexual exploitation.

80% of the human trafficking victims in Europe are women, which is about 1,5 million people.

According to the data presented at the round table, the Bulgarian organized crime are the second most active in Europe in human trafficking after the Albanian gangsters.

Bulgaria's Deputy Chief Prosecutor Hristo Manchev said 193 cases of human trafficking had been investigated in the first ten months of 2008; 44 persons have been sentenced; 246 Bulgarian citizens have been victims of this type of crime so far in 2008.

Manchev pointed out the prosecution had great difficulties investigating human trafficking cases because of the unwillingness of the victims to witness against their abusers out of fear.
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xNELLIEx - 10 Dec 2008 // 21:28:18


Long live free sex, boyfriend!

countryhick - 10 Dec 2008 // 20:54:24

Long live FREE SEX BABY!

xNELLIEx - 10 Dec 2008 // 15:50:22


Of course you don't believe in forced sex trade. The operative word here is FORCED. How much of sex trade is actually forced? The forced sex stories have a lurid and perverse appeal and get reported a lot more by the media. There have been films made about it. EASTERN PROMISES comes to mind. Gangsters do trick young and innocent girls to travel abroad, then they take away their passports and threaten them with harming their children or their families. It does happen, but not all sex trade is forced. Most of it is perfectly voluntary and if these women were not doing it for money, they would be doing it for drinks or even free of charge. Sex is a two-way street these days and women are just as predatory and demanding as men. The days of women pretending to not want sex as much as men are long gone. The days when women felt "used" by men are long gone.

countryhick - 10 Dec 2008 // 15:40:51

Sorry you are right. I was thinking E.U
And as i said i do not agree with the selling of women in the forced sex trade.

resipsaloquitur - 10 Dec 2008 // 12:47:52


of course Ukraina and PART of Russia are in the CONTINENT EUROPE!

Not in the EU ...but in Europe...ad the article is talking about EUROPE!

The BG Government should give more information for young women.

There is a danger that once in the West or in Turkey,they land in the hands of EVIL people,who take their passports away,lock them in tiny rooms of brodels and force them to prostitution.

Often they are also sold...the police here does not bother so mich about the destiny of some easter european women as they also think Eastern European women are easy to get and VOLUNTARILY offer their sex services.

Their priority nowdays is terrorism...why should they bother about women...they ought to stay home!

Taro - 10 Dec 2008 // 11:03:37


I must correct you, I guess you mixed EU and Europa.
Ukrainia and Russia (till the Ural) are on the continent Europa, but not in the EU.

Correctly it should be BG made it to the first place in the EU...

Anyway, this doesn't change the situation of all the lost souls...


DP - 9 Dec 2008 // 23:02:08

"Russia,Ukraine in Europe??? No they are not! "

Russia and Ukraine are not in Europe?

Open the map of Europe (that is the continent, not the European Union) and look at the borders of Europe. Russia is west of the Ural Mountains and Ukraine is north of the Black Sea and the Caucasus Mountains. This puts both countries within the borders of Europe.

countryhick - 9 Dec 2008 // 22:03:56

The proof of the matter we are lacking sustainable infrastructure in education, women rights, maternal rights and women public health issues.
So true. Bulgarian women are second rate citizens,Bulgarian men(in general) think they are superior and therefore to use women in this way is acceptable.
I think a lot of these poor women come from the gipsy community where education
is lacking.Some call it traditional that there are these clear defined roles.It is in reality a control measure.

Jerry - 9 Dec 2008 // 21:58:30

The problem is countraband, drugs and prostitution which the Bulgarian Mafia rules the roost.

Let us not forget the lack of prosecution and what inroads we can define political involvement into countraband, drugs and prostitution.

Jerry - 9 Dec 2008 // 21:51:17

This we call Bulgarian Poverty and the migration of Bulgarian citizens seeking economic improvement.

The proof of the matter we are lacking sustainable infrastructure in education, women rights, maternal rights and women public health issues.

The Gender issues are wide with few infrastructure.

countryhick - 9 Dec 2008 // 21:45:25

Bulgaria ranks third in Europe after Russia and the Ukraine
Russia,Ukraine in Europe??? No they are not! So does this makes Bulgaria first in Europe?
N.B Of course I think this is a sick deplorable,inhuman trade.

just me - 9 Dec 2008 // 21:28:12

Third in Europe, but probably not anywhere near the top of the list worldwide. Bulgaria appears to be doing a lot to stop this kind of almost unimaginably evil activity.

In case anyone is interested in reading more, I've been reading an interesting document about each country's role in this, the US State Department's "Trafficking in Persons Report":


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