04-10-07

Bulgaria: kidnapped boy

 

Bulgaria - Case Deyanov - kidnapped boy

map-of-bulgariaINVITATION FOR PRESS CONFERENCE

Dear Sirs,

On 20.09.2007 at 12 h. in Sofia, Bulgaria, Mr. Todor Deyanov - the father of kidnapped boy Savestin, will give a Press conference at Press conference hall of Bulgarian News Agency in Sofia, Bulgaria, BTA, 49, Tsarigradsko Chaussee Blvd., 1124.

Contacts: BTA Press Club Head Mr. Georgi Vuchev +3592 9262 241 and +3592 9262 391, e-mail: pressclub@bta.bg

Please see bellow Official letter to To all European governments, Cecilia et Nicolas SARKOZY, Papa Benedictus XVI.

Sincerely yours,

Mr. Todor Deyanov, the father of kidnapped boy Savestin and manager of SAVESTIN Foundation Sofia 1359, Bulgaria, Lyulin 521-G -87 Mobile: (++ 359) 896 663 798 and (++ 359) 899 748 003 http://savestin.exactpages.com bgsavestin@gmail.com todor_deyanov@abv.bg bgsavestin@yahoo.com
For contact in English: Mr. Ivan Radichev : +359 887 060 992 - Fax: +3592 987 73 88


OFFICIAL LETTER from SAVESTIN FOUNDATION, Liulin 521-G-87 Sofia 1359, Bulgaria

To all European governments, Cecilia et Nicolas SARKOZY, Papa Benedictus XVI,

Dear Ladies and Gentlemen,

I am a father of a kidnapped child. A chronology and documents telling my awful tragedy are accessible on the web address: http://savestin.exactpages.com. On 22 September 2006 representatives of the European Commission prevented myself setting on fire in Brussels as a sign of protest. Unfortunately, the European Commission turned out to be unable to effectively protect an abducted child from the absent rule of law in this child's own homeland, Bulgaria.

De jure and de facto the Bulgarian authorities do not care a pin about any reports, conventions, even the strict eye of the European Commission. The Bulgarian authorities continue to humiliate my parentage and make pointless my fight against human and child trafficking.

The human alikes: President Georgi Parvanov (Gotse), Prime Minister Sergey Stanishev, Parliamentary Speaker Georgi Pirinski, Minister of Foreign Affairs Ivaylo Kalfin, Minister of Finance Plamen Oresharski, Minister of Interior Rumen Petkov, former chief secretary of the Ministry of Interior and current Mayor of Sofia Boyko Borissov failed to take into account and still escape any human moral sense, any conscience. Yes, they do resemble humans, but in fact are freaks behind human-faced masks. They impudently override the Bulgarian constitution and the Convention on the Rights of the Child - and fail to meet the court rulings.

I SUCCEEDED:

- 1. To sue the government under civil lawsuit §« 3538 / 2006 at the Sofia City Court of Law, First Judge Panel. Instead of promptly meeting the obligations of the state in protection of the kidnapped child, Prime Minister Sergey Stanishev undertook shameful appeal proceedings: "We admit our guilt, but for not more than 5 levs (2.5 euro)".

Ladies and Gentlemen European citizens, Have you ever come upon a more idiotic sounding appeal against a kidnapped child?! Have you ever met any greater European premier freak than Stanishev?!
Please, make a research and comment on it.

- 2. I also succeeded in convicting the Investigation Office and the Prosecution Office on all fourteen (14) charges against them. The decision of the Sofia District Court of Law on civil lawsuit §« 7150 / 2006, 39th judge panel, reads the following: "We found that during all these years, from 06 May 1997 until the present moment, the claimant relying on his own capacities has struggled to find the truth about his missing child, including by paying visits to foreign countries searching for it. In all his actions he has never met the support of the state in the face of its competent authorities.

Ladies and Gentlemen European citizens, But what is it all for? The Bulgarian state has continuously and dreadfully abstained from any activity. Have you ever heard about another country destroying one of its children in such an impudent manner?
Please, make a research and comment on it.

- 3. I sued President Georgi Parvanov, but in Bulgaria justice was manipulatively refused for me. I have forwarded the case to Strasbourg under court number §« 2930/04, dated 17 April 2007, Fifth section. Under point 19 of my complaint I have noted the following: "The President has absolute authority within 24 hours to request and to receive whatsoever information that is available. Therefore President Parvanov knows perfectly well which are the trafficking channels for humans and children. Parvanov is also perfectly aware of the lords commanding these channels. He knows but ominously keeps silence!"

Ladies and Gentlemen European citizens, President Parvanov (secret services' agent Gotse) has been even refusing to see me. He remains dead silent on the issue of trafficking with Bulgarian children. I am convinced he has spread a political umbrella over the traffickers.
Please, make a research and comment on it.

http://savestin.exactpages.com/

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Child Abuse in Eastern Europe 'Child Prostitution Decreasing in Bulgaria'

On the 8th of June it was announced by government officials that child prostitution cases in Bulgaria went down by 40 per cent over the last two years.
"In 2005, 521 cases of underage girls who prostitute were registered, while the number in 2006 was 308," the Ministry of the Interior's Rumen Petkov told the National Assembly during the regular parliamentary control.
Balkan Insight found similar numbers provided by the National Statistical Institute. It reported that in 2005, 501 underage persons went through government facilities known as "children's pedagogical rooms" for prostitution and homosexuality, while in 2006, that number fell to 400, yielding a 20 per cent decrease.
"The problem with these statistics is that they present only registered cases of children whom the police worked with, but the actual numbers are probably higher," Lydia Zagorova of the Neglected Children Society, one of the main groups working in this area in Bulgaria and a member of ECPAT International, told Balkan Insight. Neither her organisation, nor the Bulgarian office of the UN Children's Fund, UNICEF, were able to provide any official statistics on child prostitution.
The decrease in child prostitution was confirmed by the 2006 US Department of State Report on Human Rights Practises in Bulgaria, which stated that "the Ministry of Interior identified 255 children as 'at risk' of being forced into prostitution between January and October, compared to 398 in 2005."
While child prostitution is on the decrease, a hurdle in the fight against it seems to be a lack of a legal framework. The Bulgarian judiciary does not offer a definition of child prostitution and does not define prostitution in general as a crime, Petkov pointed out. Mentioning the strict laws against kidnapping for prostitution purposes that are currently in place, Petkov added "Bulgaria is not considered a destination for so-called 'child sex tourism'."
Zagorova pointed out that the issue currently receives little government attention or public debate. She hoped that future cooperation between government and non-government agencies will shed more light and bring measures for addressing the problem.
You can read more on the website of the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network


Submitted by admin on Fri, 2007-06-22
Bulgaria

http://www.canee.net/bulgaria/child_prostitution_decreasing_in_bulgaria

Gepost door: Thomas Jefferson | 06-10-07

Child Sex Tourism in Bulgaria 1. Background

There is little evidence to show that sex tourism is a problem in Bulgaria. However, this may simply indicate the difficulty of detecting the crime or the lack of attention given to it by authorities since many children, especially girls, are exploited in the sex industry and trafficked to, within and through Bulgaria for sexual exploitation. A 2005 report by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) has found that Bulgaria is one of the main countries of origin for victims of trafficking in South Eastern Europe. In addition, children from ethnic minorities are amongst the majority of those being commercially sexually exploited.

In 1997, the monitoring body for the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) expressed concerns about the rise in child prostitution and pornography and the Governments failure to coordinate a response to it. Research indicates that the growth of child pornography often goes hand in hand with child sex tourism.


Bulgarian Legislation

Bulgaria ratified the CRC on 24 January 1997. Since then the Government has amended and introduced legislation designed to eliminate and improve the conditions exposing children to various forms of abuse. It has also signed many of the international conventions relating to the elimination of all forms of slavery, including the UN Protocol to Prevent, Suppress, and Punish Trafficking in Persons, especially Women and Children.

The Penal Code of Bulgaria includes provisions that prohibit the organisation and advertising of sex tours and specifically those targeting children.
In 2003, Parliament adopted the Law on Combating Trafficking in Human Beings and at the end of 2004 the National Commission was created. Under this Commission a National Program for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings was adopted in January 2005.

The Government created the State Agency for Child Protection to promote and implement the Child Protection Act of 2000. In addition, the act of carrying out trafficking is a criminal offence under the Human Trafficking Act. In relation to prostitution, compelling or procuring a female in the sex industry is prohibited by the Penal Code and the penalty for this offence is a fine and a prison term of one to eight years. The punishment increases if abduction of a child is also involved.


UK Legislation

While British tourists who commit sexual offences in Bulgaria can be prosecuted in that country, they can also be prosecuted in the UK for crimes committed while abroad. Under the UK Sexual Offences Act, 2003, article 72, persons can be prosecuted for a crime that is viewed as a criminal offence in both countries. Therefore, if tourists sexually abuse a child in Bulgaria, they can be tried in the UK as both countries legislate against this offence. This Act is intended to cover crimes that may be
committed by the traveller against either a travelling child companion or a child living in the country, but in which the crime is not detected until returning to the UK.

Additionally, the Sexual Offences (Conspiracy and Incitement) Act, 1996, allows for the prosecution of
those who conspire to commit a sexual offence outside the UK, or incite someone else to commit the offence. Therefore if one person either helps or pushes another to commit the offence, they too can be prosecuted in the UK.

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2. Who are the children and aspects of vulnerability?

The children most vulnerable to commercial sexual exploitation, including sex tourism:

- Child labour: Many children from poor families often work in various industries with little protection and as such are vulnerable to all forms of abuse, including being compelled into the sex industry or being trafficked by criminal networks. According to a national survey in 2002, of a total of 1,294,000
children in Bulgaria, about 83,000 or 6.4 percent work in the private sector, 418,000 or 32.3 percent work at their family farms and 611,000 or 41.8 percent are engaged in housework.

- Ethnic discrimination: The Roma minority is particularly vulnerable to discrimination and a systemic and widespread lack of opportunities in education and employment. They are also frequent targets of violence by skinhead gangs, ethnic violence and mistreatment by the police.

- Street children: An estimated 12,000-14,000 children live on the streets in the cities of Bulgaria. Most of these are of Roma ethnic identity and leave their homes due to family violence or poverty. Many of them end up supporting themselves through begging, odd jobs and prostitution. Their extreme vulnerability exposes them to physical and sexual violence.

- Trafficking: According to the US State Department trafficking report Roma children are disproportionately vulnerable to abuse by the organised sex industry and trafficking gangs. It is not
only local children who are vulnerable to such abuse because foreign children are also trafficked into the country. The US Trafficking report states that, ‘It is widely believed that some law enforcement officers or other government authorities were complicit in human trafficking, including local authorities
and customs officials’.

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3. Who are the abusers?

There is very little documentation on the characteristics of foreign child sex abusers entering Bulgaria.

Greater evidence exists of children within the sex industry being abused by local men. However, given the vulnerability factors for children and the international dimension of child sex tourism it is probable that they are exposed to this form of abuse as well.

Research from other countries shows that sex tourists seek out children already being exploited within the prostitution industry.

Other sex offenders approach children directly, especially those who live on the streets.

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4. How is the travel industry involved?


According to the Bulgarian Tourist Chamber tourism is growing in the country and accounts for 8.9 percent of GDP. The tourism sector in Bulgaria appears to be growing despite the predicted
worldwide downturn after the September 11, 2001 attacks in the United States. NGOs are concerned that the rise in tourism will inevitably lead to increasing levels of child abuse, if nothing is done to monitor, document or prevent it.

In response to the growing problem of the abuse of children the Government developed a National Plan of Action against Sexual exploitation of Children, which is coordinated by the State Agency for Child Protection.

With respect to trafficking, in 2005, the National Anti-Trafficking Strategy was introduced to support the work of the National Anti-Trafficking Commission.

The Government has also worked with national and international nongovernmental organisations and other agencies to raise
awareness of the problem of child abuse. It has also worked with the IOM in providing shelters and safe houses for victims of trafficking. A hotline for victims of violence or trafficking is operated by the women’s NGO, Animus Association Foundation.



ECPAT UK - End Child Prostitution Pornography and Trafficking
Grosvenor Gardens House, 35-37 Grosvenor Gardens, London SW1W 0BS
Tel: +00 44 (0) 20 7233 9887, Fax: +00 44 (0) 20 7233 9869
Email: info@ecpat.org.uk Website: www.ecpat.org.uk

Gepost door: Thomas Jefferson | 06-10-07

Republic of Bulgaria Human Trafficking & Modern-day Slavery


The Republic of Bulgaria, located in SE Europe on the E Balkan Peninsula, is bounded by the Black Sea (E), by Romania (N), by Serbia and Montenegro and Macedonia (W), by Greece (S), and by European Turkey (SE). Its capital city is Sofia. Bulgaria has averaged 4% growth since 2000 and has begun to attract significant amounts of foreign direct investment. Corruption in the public administration, a weak judiciary, and the presence of organized crime remain the largest challenges for Bulgaria.
Bulgaria is a source, transit, and destination country for men and women trafficked from Moldova, Romania, Russia, Ukraine, and Armenia to Bulgaria and through Bulgaria to Spain, Austria, Germany, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Belgium, the Czech Republic, and Macedonia for the purposes of sexual exploitation. Men and women from Bulgaria are trafficked to Cyprus, Greece, and Turkey for purposes of sexual exploitation and forced labor. Roma children are trafficked within Bulgaria and to Austria, Italy, and other West European countries for purposes of forced begging and petty theft. Approximately 20 percent of identified trafficking victims in Bulgaria are children. (U.S. State Dept Trafficking in Persons Report, June, 2007)

CAUTION: The following links have been culled from the web to illuminate the situation in Bulgaria. Some of these links may lead to websites that present allegations that are unsubstantiated or even false. No attempt has been made to verify their authenticity or to validate their content.


- U.S. Dept of Labor Bureau of International Labor Affairs -
CHILD LABOR LAWS AND ENFORCEMENT - The Constitution prohibits forced labor. The Law on Combating Trafficking in Human Beings, which entered into force in January 2004, includes measures for the protection and assistance of child victims of trafficking, and created the National Anti-Trafficking Commission to coordinate and construct policy on trafficking. Bulgarian law penalizes trafficking a minor with 2 to 10 years imprisonment and fines. Inducement to prostitution, which is often associated with trafficking, is punishable by 10 to 20 years imprisonment, if the victim was a minor.

- Bur of Democracy, Human Rights & Labor - Country Reports on Human Rights Practices - 2005 -
CHILDREN – Widespread poverty led many Romani children to turn to begging, prostitution, and petty crime on the streets. There were reports of child smuggling rings paying Romani women for babies that were later sold to couples in Western Europe. Police launched 17 investigations in the Burgas and Peshtera areas in connection with the reports, all of which were ongoing at year's end.

TRAFFICKING IN PERSONS – Girls and young women were often approached by persons who gained their trust, frequently other young women and acquaintances, who described glamorous work opportunities abroad. Some were sold into bondage to traffickers by relatives. Unaccompanied young women trying to cross the border into Macedonia, Romania, or Turkey reportedly were at risk of being abducted into trafficking. In larger cities, organized crime groups were often responsible for trafficking, although they used various front companies to pose as employment agencies, escort and intimate services businesses, or tour operators. Small crime groups and freelance operators monopolized trafficking in smaller cities and towns.
According to AAF, the process of transforming victims into prostitutes generally took place before they left the country. Victims typically were taken to a large town, where they were often kept for weeks, isolated, beaten, and subjected to severe physical and psychological torture to make them more submissive before they were transported to their destination points. Once the victims left the country, their identity documents were routinely confiscated, and they found themselves forced to work as prostitutes in cities across Europe. The victims could be required to pay back heavy financial debts to the agency that helped them depart the country, leaving them in indentured servitude. Traffickers punished victims severely for acts of disobedience and threatened the victims' families and family reputations to ensure compliance.


- Concluding Observations Of The Committee On The Rights Of The Child (CRC) - 1997 -
The Committee is concerned at the lack of an integrated strategy on children as well as of a systematic mechanism to monitor progress in all areas covered by the Convention, and in relation to all groups of children in urban and rural areas, especially those affected by the consequences of the economic transition. The Committee is also concerned about the need to strengthen the State party's capacity to collect and process data to evaluate progress achieved and to assess the impact of policies adopted on children, in particular the most vulnerable groups of children.


- 80 human trafficking cases submitted to National Security Service in 2006 -
"Eighty cases of trafficking in human beings from Bulgaria were submitted to the National Security Service in 2006", NSS deputy director Rumen Georgiev said at a press conference entitled “Action against Trafficking in Human Beings”, a journalist of FOCUS News Agency reported. Twenty-two cases have already been closed. “The number of human trafficking cases is higher than the drug trafficking cases”, Georgiev explained.


- Human Trafficking Epidemic In Bulgaria -
Human trafficking and drug smuggling were epidemic in Bulgaria and Romania, Reuters news agency said. Thousands of women, some of them aged only 13, are kidnapped or tempted with offers for well-paid jobs, and sold into prostitution to human-trafficking gangs every year.


- Bulgaria, France Crash Human Trafficking Channel -
A channel for traffic in people to France has been crushed by the Bulgarian and French police.
Police in Bulgaria's Russe and French Marseille acted in close cooperation in crushing the channel. Six people were questioned in the Bulgarian city and 5 homes were searched. A total of 20 cell phones, many personal belongings as well as bank transfers documents were confiscated during the search.


- How the new Fagins are bringing child slavery to Britain -
Two years ago, when she was 10, Dochka lost what was left of her innocence when she was sold to a band of child traffickers by her mother and aunt in Bulgaria. Bewildered and terrified, the little girl was transported to Austria, forced to learn the skills of a pickpocket and put to work.


- New arrests on charges of human trafficking in Bulgaria -
The actions of Bulgarian police were co-ordinated with Italy’s top anti-mafia prosecutor Piero Grasso, who is head of Italy’s anti-mafia operations. This co-ordination was a result of Velchev’s and Petkov’s recent visit to Rome where Grasso asked for their assistance in the fight against people trafficking.


- Europe-Wide Human-Trafficking Ring Cracked -
Authorities across Europe say they have arrested 41 Bulgarians in recent days after Italian police uncovered a trafficking network that exploited hundreds of children. The arrests were in northern Italy, Bulgaria, Germany, and Austria. Italian police say another 75 people have been placed under investigation. Charges against the suspects include enslavement, human trafficking, and drug smuggling.


- Corruption and Human Trafficking Hinder Bulgaria's EU Entry -
According to the article, the European Commission report from May 16 meant Bulgaria needed to take urgent action in fighting organised crime if it wanted to join the EU in 2007. The Independent said the report 'painted and alarming picture' of Bulgaria as one of 'Europe's centres of human trafficking'.


- Revealed: kept in a dungeon ready to be sold as slaves -
The women, aged 18 to 24, are from across eastern Europe, lured from Romania, Moldova, Ukraine and Bulgaria, with promises of good jobs as waitresses, au pairs and dancers. Instead, they have been forced into modern-day slavery in western Macedonia, locked in the dirty cellar and only summoned upstairs by their masters to perform sexual services for customers who are usually drunk and often violent. When they were found, the victims, some of whom had been "broken in" as prostitutes in other countries on the way to Macedonia, barely knew where they were. They had no idea what the future held but knew that it was beyond their control.


- Balkans Urged To Curb Trafficking -
Countries in South-East Europe are failing to take effective measures against people trafficking, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) says. A UNICEF report says that while countries in the region have strict anti-trafficking laws they do not tackle the root causes of the problem.


- Initiative to Help Fight Human Trafficking in Three SEE Countries -
Bulgaria, Croatia and Serbia-Montenegro are located in a pivotal zone between poorer countries to the east and the affluent nations of the EU, and function as transit points. Bulgaria has passed key legislation criminalizing trafficking and providing for victim assistance, but corruption has impeded law enforcement efforts.


- Atrocious Pimping Suspect Arrested In Sofia -
A man suspected of kidnapping, abusing and forcing women into prostitution has been arrested in Sofia, the police disclosed Friday. He had reportedly kidnapped a number of young women and is suspected of brutally assaulting many of them and locking them in a cage with a dozen of pit bull dogs.


- Freedom House Country Report - Political Rights: 1 Civil Liberties: 2 Status: Free

- Human Rights Overview by Human Rights Watch – Defending Human Rights Worldwide

- Stop Violence Against Women – Country Page
U.S. Library of Congress - Country Study


ARCHIVES:
- 2004 Magi educates at border orphanages where vulnerable girls are often trafficked abroad
- 2004 Mission of Face to Face Bulgaria is to fight against … child and forced prostitution
- 2004 Screenwriter of the film Svetlana’s Journey states that the film is based on true events
- 2004 (Kosovo) Of the trafficked women seeking repatriation, six per cent came from Bulgaria
- 2002 Bulgaria Traffic in Women


http://gvnet.com/humantrafficking/Bulgaria.htm

Gepost door: Thomas Jefferson | 07-10-07

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