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GYPS Y VIC TIMS OF T RAFFI C HU MAN

G YPS Y VIC TIMS OF T RAFFI C HU MAN All a c ross Eu

All ac ross Eur ope fro m the 13 00's on, a nti-gyps y laws s prung up

.

 

Many were m eant to e xpel the m from o ne sove reign co untry onl

y to

 

be en slaved b y the nex t. Hitler 's genoci de of the 400,0 00 bruta lly murd ered, the culmin ation of

Gypsie s, an esti years of mistrust

mated

and

 

preju dice agai nst the G ypsies. There ha ve even been sta te sancti sterili zation p rograms aimed at the Gyp sies as l ate as th e 1960's.

oned

 
 
Gyps ies in H itler's de ath cam ps. An estimate d 400,0 00 men,
Gyps ies in H itler's de ath cam
ps. An estimate d 400,0
00 men,
wom an and c hildren murder
ed.

Thou gh the G ypsies ar e found all over the worl d they ar

e

still a

 

natio n-less pe ople, the ir histor y shroud ed in ro mance an

d

myste ry.

Some

say they

are Ind ians, for ced from the Nor th West

Indian

conti

nent or w andered from th ere, artis ans follo wing mi

litary

 

regim

ines.

 
foll o wing mi litary   regim ines.   Othe r s have s a id

Other

s have s aid Persi a or Tur key beca use of th e linguis tic

syncr

etism.

 
u se of t h e lingui s tic syncr e tism.   But c all

wheth er it is b

orne or forced in to them, they are Gypsie s and Gy psies

are w anderers

.

they are Gypsie s and Gy psies are w anderers . Toda y the gre at

Toda y the gre at forest s where t he Gyps bulld ozed, the sprawli ng stepp es paved wand erlust of the Gyp sies is h emmed i once again an easy tar get for e xploitati

ies roam ed have

been

 

,

and the wild-he

arted

n

on all s ides, ma

king the m,

on.

 

The s tatistics on the n umber of Gypsy to pin down a s the Gy psies the mselves.

The s t atistics o n the n umber of Gypsy to pin down a s

victims o f traffic king is a s hard

o n the n umber of Gypsy to pin down a s the Gy p sies
o n the n umber of Gypsy to pin down a s the Gy p sies

When

so man y gypsie s still liv e in a cit izenship limbo,

when the

re is

centu

ries of b ad blood between

them a nd autho rities, wh en man

y in

 

powe

r would be glad t o be rid of the "p lague" o f the Gy psies; it

is

 

easy t

o see wh y Gypsi es would n't repo rt the cri mes, or

when the

y

do,

not g

et the ful l cooper ation of police. A s alway s, the chi ldren su

ffer

 

most.

   

Be

low, bea utiful G ypsy ch ildren fr om Alb ania to

Macedon ia.

 
ch i ldren f r om Alb a nia to M acedo n ia.   The
ch i ldren f r om Alb a nia to M acedo n ia.   The

The t raffickin g of Gyp sy child ren rarel y makes the fron it of s uch a sc ale that c annot b e ignored . Roma gangs, a

t pages u

nless

nd even

some

Roma

parents were in volved in

this ma ssive rin g in the

UK.

 

And t his story out of S cotland childr en invol ved wer e not exp Roma nian Gy psy chil dren are susce ptible to being tr afficked

will mak e your b lood boi l. Thoug

h

the

 

ressly c alled Gy psies, Bu lgarian

and

 

among s ome of t he poore st and m

ost

and man y indica tors sugg est that

at

 
 

least some of the child ren were . Roman ia, and i n particu lar Buc

harest,

is one of the k ey trave l destina

tions in

Europe f or pedop hiles. Th

e

 

street -children

are freq uently v

ictims.

 

It is e are fo

stimated that fiv e per cen t of the

homeless childre n in Rom

ania

rced int o sexual exploitat ion and many of these ar e orphan

ed

 

Gyps

ies.

 
these ar e orphan ed   Gyps i es.   The t raffickin g of chil

The t raffickin g of chil no les s alarmi ng. Ther

dren to G reece fo r beggin g and fo rced lab

our is

e are 10 00 mainl y Albani an gyps y childre

n in

 

the ci ty of Th essalonik

i alone.

 
  the ci t y of Th e ssaloni k i alone.   They tell stor

They tell stori es of vio lence an d exploi tation at the hand s of thei traffic kers. Ye t the Al banian M inistry o f Public Order c laims to

r

 

have

no ev idence a nd the g eneral pu blic app ear to be largely indiffere

nt.

 

Acco

rding to the Coun cil of E urope, G ypsy chi ldren are smuggl

ed

 

into I

taly from

the for mer Yug oslavia t o work a s forced labourer

s in

 

gangs

where t hey are t rained a nd then s old into crime ri ngs in la

rge

 

cities

.

Simil ar pheno mena oc traffic ked and sold int pocke ts or wo rse. Pub that m any are more co the in flux of t hese kid

curs all over Eur ope whe re Gyps y childre

n are

o organi zed crim e rings a nd traine d to pic

k

lic reacti on has b een tepi d in the

UK. It se

ems

 

ncerned with the rising cr ime rate attribut

ed to

 

s.

 
c r ime rate attribut e d to   s.   But o ur outr ag

But o ur outr age, our respons e to the traffick ing of ch alwa ys be the same, n o matte r if the children involve

ildren d are fr

must

 

om a

trans ient gro up with an emb roiled hi story, w e must

demand

 

justic e for th em. We must ac t as if th ey are o ur kids. you'r e like m e, and y ou suffe r a bit f rom wan derlust if you 've ever been fo nd of th e gypsie s as I ha ve, join

And if

 

yoursel

f, and

the figh

t

 

again st the tr affickin g of hu

mans. Th ere is n o greate

r cause.

 
By: C hiara.
By: C hiara.