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Read your comments Monday, 17 June, 2002, 13:57 GMT 14:57 UK
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Boys will be Boys
Correspondent looks at evidence that Nato soldiers and international police in Bosnia are using prostitutes forced into the work against their will.

These are some of your comments on the programme.

Tom Johnson, you have missed the whole point of the programme. The prostitutes were NOT willing participants from the local population. They are women who have been kidnapped from eastern Europe and sold into slavery in the brothels of Bosnia and Kosovo by gangsters.
Brian, England

Shock horror! A town is garrisoned, lo and behold; brothels spring up in which a proportion of the local female population "service" the squaddies. It was ever thus. Sue Lloyd Roberts, grow up and spend my licence fee on real stories.
Tom Johnson

I felt that US soldiers were seriously unfairly demonised by you. Your own British soldiers have been described, and I quote from comments of a senior (SFOR) colleague: "They are probably the most professional soldiers here - on duty they are superb, off duty they are appalling!" I specifically mention this, not to score a point, (British soldiers are not involved in this kind of business - they are kept under tight discipline), but to point out that elements among all soldier (and police) groups will behave in this way, if the opportunity presents itself.

I am a former member of the Army Special Investigation Branch and served in all ranks up to and including that of Captain. I have seen attempts at cover-ups before and I do not like those who try to sweep things under the carpet - they should by now realise that it only makes matters worse and total exposure is just around the corner. By failing to take immediate and robust steps to stop corruption then this type of behaviour will undoubtedly spiral out of control - drawing in even more police and politicians. Keep up the good work - well done.

Thanks for again highlighting the despicable trafficking business - particularly the absolute horror of the UN and NATO peacekeeping forces being involved. They are using OUR TAXPAYERS MONEY to pay these people. I say this as an ardent lifelong supporter of the UN. The Vice Unit at Scotland Yard say that this ghastly trade is growing faster than drug trafficking and is both potentially more lucrative and also far less risky for the trafficker. We also need to be writing to the UN in New York and its associated supporter groups in this country asking them to rewrite the rules pertaining to peacekeeping forces to ensure this kind of thing NEVER happens again.
Paddy Beck, York, UK.

Comments from some of the participants were somewhat questionable; for example "police officers tend to cover up for their colleagues". A very bland statement but quite offensive. Evidence has to stand up to scrutiny and I found it wanting in the programme. There were lots of connections made, which I felt were thin. Human trafficking has been a feature of the eastern bloc countries. The question of prostitution always causes the British a problem. In a lot of countries it is not illegal. It does attract organised crime and the resultant problems associated with that area of human life. Court marshalling soldiers for having sex with a prostitute is that for real? We need to be tackling the source of the problem the human traffickers, how? Well I wish I had the answer.

Congratulations on raising awareness of UN and IPTF personnel misconduct - and for showing how necessary it is for individuals to work together to help combat trafficking of women and children, currently the fastest growing criminal activity in the world. Ambassador Nancy Ely-Raphel, Director of the US State Department's Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking, said "This kind of behaviour contradicts the principles on which the United Nations was created." We need to ensure other countries take similar action.
Pida Ripley, London

Perhaps to do away with any coercion, your reporter could do a piece on a new area of job creation which would encourage prostitutes employed by the army and with pensionable rights to be ready to go anywhere at short notice, thus ensuring that at the end of six months everything is still in working order.

Excellent programme. Really first class. Whatever Mr. Klein may say about Sue Lloyd-Roberts, I thought she was excellent and I hope the BBC continues to produce documentaries of the same calibre well into the future.
B A Furnivall

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