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Igas says legalisation of prostitution if there is political support

Asked by journalists if he personally was in favour of the legalisation of prostitution in Romania, the Minister of Administration and Interior Traian Igas said, yesterday, that, if the political majority approves it, prostitution will become legal. ‘We should bring all elements into the equation. On the other hand, we will also need to consider the position of the Romanian Orthodox Church,’ he added. On June 21, the Chamber of Deputies rejected with 225 votes ‘opposed’, 30 ‘in favour’ and 28 abstentions the legislative proposal regulating authorised sexual activities, initiated by PDL Deputy Silviu Prigoana. Yesterday, the deputy director of the division for police co-operation of Swiss Federal Police, Olivier Pecorini, stated at a press conference also attended by Interior Minister Traian Igas that there are over 1,000 Romanian prostitutes currently in Switzerland. ‘The real figures of trafficking in human beings are very difficult to find out. We know we have over 1,000 Romanian prostitutes in Switzerland, and we appreciate that 20 per cent of them do not do it on their own free will. In Switzerland, it is an activity. You can realise that we are talking about quite an important number of women who are victims of this phenomenon,’ said Olivier Pecorini after the meeting between Traian Igas and the Swiss delegation headed by federal counsellor Simonetta Sommaruga, the head of the Department for Justice and Police of the Swiss Confederation.

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