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Exploited abroad, defenseless in Switzerland

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Again and again, women who have been exploited abroad seek protection in Switzerland.


Leah HartmannEditor Politics

They are forced to buy, have to paint their fingernails for a pittance or toil in rich households under conditions similar to slavery: the number of victims of human trafficking seeking help in Switzerland has doubled in the past two years, according to statistics from the counseling centres.

Above all, the organizations have noticed an increase in the number of people seeking help – mostly women – who have become victims of human trafficking abroad. “For five years we have been looking after more and more women who have been exploited in Italy, France or another country and who flee to Switzerland to escape exploitation,” says Doro Winkler (58) from the specialist office for trafficking in women and women’s migration (FIZ). in Zurich.

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