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Hungary asks Switzerland to block juvenile prostitutio


August 30 (MTI) – Hungary’s request to Switzerland that it raise the
legal age limit for prostitution from the age of 16 to 18 was met with
an open mind, a senior Hungarian government official told MTI in Aarau
on Tuesday.


Current Swiss regulations that allow prostitutes of just over 16 years to work has adverse consequences in Hungary, Zoltan Balog, state secretary of social inclusion at the Ministry of Justice and Public Administration, told a news conference.
Balog said that the current Swiss regulations encouraged the flow of under-18
prostitutes from Hungary to Switzerland and offer a hotbed for
organised crime and human trafficking. The minors are often humiliated
and their human dignity is violated, he said.

The state
secretary added that most Hungarian victims are children of families in
deep poverty. Contrary to general belief they are not exclusively Roma,
he said.

It is a tough challenge which Hungary and Switzerland
can only face in close cooperation, the state secretary said. The first
step would be for Switzerland to pass a law prohibiting the sexual
exploitation of minors, he added.


Balog and Hungarian Calvinist Bishop Istvan Bogardi Szabo, who initiated
lobbying for tougher Swiss regulations, held talks with Swiss Calvinist
church officials and MP Pascale Bruderer. The Swiss negotiators promised
to make every possible effort to speed up the legislative process.
Balog informed the Swiss partners about the Hungarian government’s plans to intensify Roma integration.


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MTI 2011. augusztus 30., kedd 17:24

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