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Refugees are being pushed into flesh trade: Report
October 26, 2017
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BERLIN: Security guards at Berlin shelters are encouraging refugees to go into prostitution, German public television has reported, sparking outrage with Berlin saying Wednesday it was taking the allegations “very seriously.”

The explosive claim was made in the programme  Frontal 21

which aired late on Tuesday on broadcaster ZDF.

Citing security firm employees, social workers and residents, the programme said guards at several shelters in the capital had persuaded refugees to take up sex work, including minors.

One security officer responsible for several shelters even spoke of a “prostitution ring,” with young men especially sought after.

“From the age of 16 upwards, the younger they are, the more expensive,” the source told the programme makers.

Another employee said he made 20 euros ($23) for acting as the middleman in setting up the sexual encounters.

A 20-year-old Afghan asylum seeker said a security guard had told him he could earn 30 to 40 euros “for sex with a woman”, and he was desperate for money.

“I am ashamed of what I do but I have no choice,” he told ZDF.

German government spokesman Steffen Seibert said the “very, very serious” accusations of procurement needed to be investigated.

“We have to take this very seriously because it is totally unacceptable to exploit the material hardships that many refugees and migrants are in,” he told reporters at a regular press briefing.

“It would be morally reprehensible if they were forced into prostitution.”

Elke Breitenbach, a Berlin official responsible for social affairs and integration, told ZDF that local authorities did not yet have any “concrete indications” of such cases.

Meanwhile, Germany expelled 14 rejected Afghan asylum seekers, the interior ministry said Wednesday, amid angry protests that the war-ravaged country is unsafe for returnees.

A chartered Czech plane with the Afghans on board, all of them men, took off late Tuesday from the eastern German city of Leipzig and arrived in Kabul on Wednesday.

Eleven of the deportees had criminal records for acts including manslaughter, causing grievous bodily harm, the sexual abuse of children, fraud and theft, interior ministry spokeswoman Annegret Korff told reporters.

Agencies
 

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