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Daily Archives: October 17, 2008

Two Macau girls freed from prostitution in Japan

 Image  Two 18-year-old girls from Macau who were allegedly deceived to work as prostitutes in Japan last month were freed and returned home on Wednesday.

by Natalie Leung

A 52-year-old Macau man, surnamed Chan, was caught by the PJ yesterday who police believed was the “agent” that conned and arranged the victims to travel to Japan. The Judiciary Police (PJ), with the assistance of the police force in Japan and by contacting INTERPOL, arrested two Taiwanese suspects at the scene who allegedly detained the two victims and forced them to give sex services to customers in karaoke lounges. It was the first case of its kind ever reported in Macau, according to PJ spokesman Chau Wai Kuong yesterday. Mr Chau said one of the 18-year-olds saw a job advertisement in some local newspapers in May that a karaoke lounge in Tokyo was recruiting singers. The girl then contacted the number listed that led her to meet with the Macau suspect who told her she could earn 20,000 to 30,000 patacas a month by “accompanying customers to sing”, Mr Chau said. After several meetings, the girl was arranged to fly to Tokyo on August 29 with a visa, jetfoil tickets to Hong Kong and some Japanese currency provided by the Macau suspect who at the same time brought another 18-year-old girl to go with her. The two victims, who had already quit school in Macau, were not reported missing by their families after leaving for Japan, Mr Chau said. One of the Taiwanese suspects, surnamed Wong, 56, picked up the two girls at Tokyo airport and took them to stay in a twolevel house with the ground floor being a small snack bar in a rural area in Chiba Prefecture.

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EU leaders adopt vast new immigration plans

European Union leaders adopted yesterday sweeping new immigration guidelines which have angered rights groups for focussing on skilled workers rather than refugees.
"This pact was adopted unanimously. Europe now has a real immigration policy," French President Nicolas Sarkozy told reporters, after hosting an EU summit in Brussels.
The European Pact on Immigration and Asylum — a document of political intent but not binding laws — sets out principles for managing migration, fighting illegal immigration and forming partnerships with countries people leave or travel through to get to Europe.
It also seeks to make border controls more effective while building better asylum policy, with refugees increasingly obliged to apply for asylum status from outside the EU.
Some 220,000 people made applications last year.
Immigration will be based on criteria like "Europe's reception capacity in terms of its labour market," with the emphasis on controlling would-be immigrants rather than encouraging people to come.
The pact also insists that nations take the "interests" of their neighbours into account when formulating immigration, integration and asylum policies — shorthand for avoiding the mass handout of residency permits.
Italy and Spain have angered some of their partners by giving papers to some 700,000 people in recent years.
"This common policy must be founded on proper management of migratory flows, in the interests not only of the host countries but also of the countries of origin and of the migrants themselves," the leaders said in a statement.
They pledged to make the pact the subject of an annual debate.