Scoop has an Ethical Paywall
Work smarter with a Pro licence Learn More

Search

 

Cablegate: Tip in Turkey: Media Attention From June 1 to 30, 2006

null
Dianne Wampler 08/03/2006 01:50:01 PM From DB/Inbox: Dianne Wampler

Cable
Text:


UNCLAS ANKARA 04455

SIPDIS
CX:
ACTION: POL
INFO: CONS RAO TSR PMA DCM AMB FCS PA ECON MGT DAO

DISSEMINATION: POL /1
CHARGE: PROG

APPROVED: POL: JGWEINER
DRAFTED: POL: JERSOY
CLEARED: POL: CJWESTLEY

VZCZCAYI149
RR RUEHC RUEHIT RUEAIIA RUEKDAI RUEKJCS RHEHAAA
RUEUITH RUEKJCS RUEUITH RUEHAK
DE RUEHAK #4455/01 2150917
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
R 030917Z AUG 06
FM AMEMBASSY ANKARA
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC 7638
INFO RUEHIT/AMCONSUL ISTANBUL 1032
RUEAIIA/CIA WASHDC
RUEKDAI/DIA WASHDC
RUEKJCS/JOINT STAFF WASHDC
RHEHAAA/NSC WASHDC
RUEUITH/ODC ANKARA TU//TCH//
RUEKJCS/SECDEF WASHDC
RUEUITH/TLO ANKARA TU
RUEHAK/TSR ANKARA TU

UNCLAS SECTION 01 OF 02 ANKARA 004455

SIPDIS

DEPARTMENT FOR G/TIP, G, INL, DRL, EUR/PGI, EUR/SE

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PREL KCRM PHUM KWMN SMIG KFRD PREF TU
SUBJECT: TIP in Turkey: Media Attention from June 1 to 30, 2006

1.(U) Summary: During the four-week reporting period, the Turkish
media continued frequently to cover stories about trafficking in
persons, including Turkish National Police (TNP) and jandarma
operations, human interest tales, a major new project and a
prime-time investigative journalism piece. End Summary

Advertisement - scroll to continue reading

Are you getting our free newsletter?

Subscribe to Scoop’s 'The Catch Up' our free weekly newsletter sent to your inbox every Monday with stories from across our network.

-----------------
Police Operations
-----------------

2.(U) Media reported on several police actions related to
prostitution and possible trafficking, including:

-- "Hurriyet" on June 13 reported that the Istanbul police raided a
house in the neighborhood of Eminonu for prostitution. Moldovan
Olessa Manea (19) said that she was going to sell her eggs. Manea,
Mehmet Ataman and Natalie Prodan were sent to court. Experts said
that eggs, preferably from pretty women, were sold for
$100,000-250,000 to infertile women.

-- The Istanbul Morals Police raided an apartment in the
neighborhood of Findikzade and detained 13 people, including nine
men and four women. While four foreign women were detained, the men
were released after the police obtained their identities. The three
Turkmenistan and one Georgian detainees were sent to a hospital for
a check up. The police notified three of the men captured during
the raid that they should immediately go to be checked for HIV. The
four women will be deported after testifying to the police.

-- Anatolian News Agency reported on June 13 that the Antalya police
raided a house and saved two sisters who were allegedly forced into
prostitution for one week. One of the clients who came to their
house later called the Antalya police and told them that two young
women were kept by force in a house. During the operation, police
saved Moldavian sisters O.R. (22) and M.R. (23). M.O., who
allegedly forced the sisters into prostitution, too, was captured.
In her testimony, M.R. said that M.O. promised to marry her in
Antalya last week and her sister accompanied her with hopes of
finding a job. M.O. forced them into prostitution.

-- "Sabah" on June 14 reported that the police raided the "Hotel
Parlar" in Igdir and detained the manager of the hotel and an Azeri
woman who was caught as she was working as a prostitute. The hotel
was next to the Governor's office and employees of the Governor
reportedly saw naked women in the hotel windows when they looked
out. Governor Halil Ibrahim Ulusoy said that the biggest problem of
the province was the increase in the number of prostitution
incidents. He added that their fight against illegal prostitution
would continue.

-- Anatolian News Agency on June 15 reported that police in Elazig,
Trabzon and Igdir (northeastern Turkey) carried out an operation
simultaneously to crack down on a 12-member network that was
bringing women from abroad and forcing them into prostitution. As a
result of two months of surveillance, the police carried out the
operation and detained the following gang members: A.B. (Azeri woman
who was the gang leader; She had earlier served a prison term for
human trafficking), S.O., H.T., H.A., S.O., H.C., D.S. and R.B. They
found three victims. Four more suspects were detained in Trabzon
and Igdir. The police also seized a house worth 100,000 YTL in
Elazig and three cars. One of the suspects captured in Trabzon owns
a hotel and another hotel in Elazig was used for prostitution.
After the police interrogated them, the suspects were later sent
before a judge.

-- "Hurriyet" on June 20, 2006, reported that the Jandarma carried
out an operation on bars, hotels and night clubs in and around
Yalova and detained 32 foreign women and four people who forced them
into prostitution. Five of the women earlier had won Turkish
citizenship. Twenty-seven women from Ukraine, Romania and Moldavia
were turned over to the foreigners police to be deported because
their visas were expired.

-- "Milliyet" on June 22 reported that after a foreign woman applied
to the Sirinyer Police Station in Izmir, the police detained 19
people who were forcing foreign women into prostitution. They also
detained four policemen for assisting the gang. The policemen later
were released pending trial. In the same report, the daily also
referred to different operation in the Izmir and Manisa area during
which ten traffickers were detained. They were luring Russian women
to Turkey by offering them jobs, such as work as a nanny. Erkan A.,
the ring leader, six other Turks and three foreign women were
detained. The seven Turks reportedly tortured the foreign women in
order to convince them to serve as prostitutes.

-- "Hurriyet" webpage on June 26 reported that the Erzurum Police
raided some hotels in the city center and captured 25 foreign women
and three people who were organizing them into prostitution. The 25
women, who were reportedly working as nurses and teachers in
Azerbaijan, Georgia, Ukraine and Russia, were turned over to the
Foreigner's Police to be deported after their medical check up.
They admitted that they came to Turkey to earn more money but found
themselves in prostitution. They said, "We could not earn in our
country in one month what we are earning here in one day. The
Turkish men are very affectionate. Even if you show us the door, we
will find a way to come back. We all have children that we need to
take care of. If we don't do this, we will starve." The police
detained O.A (23), H.K. (26) and A.B. (36) for facilitating
prostitution. The court ordered their formal arrest and sent them
to jail.


-----------------
One Woman's Story
-----------------

3. (U) "Hurriyet" on June 11 reported that Maria Alexandra (19), a
Moldovan citizen, was found injured in the garden of an apartment at
Beylukduzu district of Istanbul. Initially, she said that her
boyfriend pushed her from a 6th floor balcony but later admitted
that she jumped off when forced into prostitution.

Maria arrived in Istanbul four months ago upon her boyfriend Dimitru
Tcoccive's promise that he could find her a job as a nanny in
Turkey. She did not hesitate and they began to live together in an
apartment in Aksaray. Her boyfriend told her on June 6 that he
found a job for her with Emilia Kotorobai, an 8.5 months pregnant
woman who lived at Beylikduzu with her two children. Around 19:30
locals heard Maria's scream as she fell.

Her hip and legs were broken. After being operated on, she
testified to the Jandarma. She claimed that as they quarreled with
her boyfriend, he pushed her. But in her second testimony, Maria
said that her boyfriend sold her to Emilia for $2000. When she said
that Maria now should be with men and earn money, she jumped off the
balcony. Her boyfriend fled.

Emilia, who was accused of restricting liberties/freedom and forced
prostitution, was arrested by an Istanbul court.

-----------
New Project
-----------

4. (U) "Sabah" on June 16 reported that the "Blue Crescent
Humanitarian Assistance and Development Foundation," along with the
U.S. Catholic Relief Organization in the United States will begin a
project to "Prevent Trafficking in Women" in eight source countries
this September. The joint project with the U.S. Catholic Relief
Organization has a $3m budget. The coordinators are cooperating
with the MFA and the Interior Ministry. Muzaffer Baca, Vice
Chairman of the Blue Crescent Foundation, said that they were
talking to governments and, in particular, the education ministries
of each country. Baca said that, according to studies in Turkey,
there were around 200 gangs and women were trafficked mostly from
Ukraine and Moldova.

-------------------------
Investigative Journalism
-------------------------

5. (U) "A TV," one of the major private TV stations of Turkey,
during its main evening news hour at 19:30 hrs on June 28, referred
to another TV program on Moldovan girls used as sex slaves. The
reporter went to two apartments where such women were offered and,
hiding his true identity, pretended to be a client. The trafficker
charged him 70 YTL (approximately $50) per session. When the
reporter went inside, he chatted with the Moldovan girl, who said
that she was lured into Turkey by another job offer. The reporter
also visited another apartment where the trafficker was selling a
Moldovan woman for $2500 and bragging that she was born only in
1986. After his visits to both sites, the reporter tipped off the
police who raided both apartments. The first trafficker and his
wife were detained. The fate of the trafficker in the second house
was not clear.

MCELDOWNEY

© Scoop Media

Advertisement - scroll to continue reading
 
 
 
World Headlines

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Join Our Free Newsletter

Subscribe to Scoop’s 'The Catch Up' our free weekly newsletter sent to your inbox every Monday with stories from across our network.