Subject: ABC: UN police fighting sex trafficking in East Timor

UN police fighting sex trafficking in East Timor

United Nations police in East Timor say they have disbanded three organised prostitution rings involving Thai and Indonesian women in the past three months.

UN police (UNPOL) had earlier been criticised for failing to crack down on organised prostitution.

However, the chief of the UN police force in East Timor, Commissioner Sandra Peisley, says both UNPOL and local authorities are making efforts to stop sex trafficking.

She says since April, local and UN police have undertaken a number of jobs where they have focused on sex workers, and have looked for human rights breaches and trafficking issues.

"So we have been actively involved in investigating and preventing any sexual exploitation of women, and children," she said.

03/07/2003 08:34:18 | ABC Radio Australia News

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