to ten years ago, the number of Czech men willing to pay for sex
has rocketed. Night clubs in Prague
attract many foreigners-including the numerous British stag party
groups passing through the city-but Czech men now make up half of
the clients in Prague's
sex trade establishments. Since most men tend to believe that women
practicing prostitution are willing participants, the Ministry of
the Interior and the International Organization for Migration are
planning to launch a joint awareness campaign beginning in May.
the fall of communism, the border areas of the Czech Republic have
become a focal point for prostitution. The daily Mlada fronta Dnes
reports that roughly 80% of the clients in border regions are still
foreigners, mostly from Austria and Germany. So, come May, the Znojmo
region in southern Moravia and the Plzen region in western Bohemia
will be the first targets of a new campaign drawing attention to
the trafficking of women. The awareness campaign, which is to be
launched by the Czech Interior Ministry and the International Organization
for Migration will aim to dispel the myth that most prostitutes
participate in the trade willingly.
Jitka Gjuricova, the Director of the Crime Prevention Department
at the Interior Ministry, is one of the initiators of the upcoming
campaign. I asked her how the Czech Republic figures in the regional
sex trade business.
"The Czech Republic is a source country, which means that people
are taken from here abroad. We are also a transit country because
we link the poor east to the wealthy west. However, we're also a
destination country, because as far as the prices of sexual services
are concerned, the costs here are very reasonable for clients from
the west. The economy is still on a different level than in Germany
or Austria, for example, so the prices here can be a third less,
though lately they've also been rising-since we entered the EU."
Although the Czech economy still lags behind its western neighbours,
the paper Mlada fronta Dnes reports that Czechs spend an astonishing
3 billion crowns per year on commercial sex trade services. In short,
the sex trade is a booming business in the Czech Republic.
Surveys also show that over the past decade, Czech attitudes to
commercial sex have evolved: in 1993 only 9% of men admitted that
they had experience with sex for payment, and today the numbers
show that 14% of Czech men have hired a prostitute. These figures
indicate that the Czech Republic scores well above the European
average, which hovers somewhere around 10% in other EU countries.
Lucie Sladkova, the Director of the International Organisation for
Migration in Prague, believes
that not enough men understand the problem of women trafficked into
the sex trade industry-and the new campaign will target these potential
customers. She explains who, exactly, is trafficked into the Czech
we talk about the Czech Republic as a destination country, more
and more of the girls are from the former Soviet Union, or Russian-speaking
countries. Mainly Moldova, Ukraine, but also from European countries
like Bulgaria and Romania."
How does the trade of women happen here? Who is running the show?
Is this a Czech operation-that is, Czech men who are involved as
the pimps, or are there foreigners involved in this happening as
"Since we are now talking about organized crime networks, there
are always Czech men or agencies involved, because when you recruit
you must have the local knowledge. So the whole chain, or organized
network, may not be of Czech origin, but there are local agencies
involved because you have to have the information that is specific
to the Czech situation." The Ministry of the Interior and the
IOM hope that their new campaign will help curb the trafficking
of women. Men will be encouraged to report incidents of abused girls
to an anonymous telephone line which will begin functioning in May.
goal is to give our clients the ADVENTURE OF A LIFETIME in
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