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EU orders detention of 10 human traffickers

2012-08-09 14:45

Belgrade - The European Union's rule of law mission in Kosovo (EULEX) said Thursday it had ordered a 15-day detention for 10 people suspected of involvement in human trafficking.

The suspects allegedly forced a group of Moldovan women into prostitution after bringing them into Kosovo on the promise of work. Among the suspects are two officials who secured resident permits for the women, EULEX said.

Kosovo is Serbia's mostly Albanian former province that declared independence in 2008. The European Union deployed EULEX to help Kosovo's fledgling institutions assert the rule of law.

The region is a major destination for traffickers transporting women intended for prostitution, as well as migrants from Kosovo and elsewhere who are seeking work in the Western Europe.