Via Sify News (from Indo-Asian News Service IANS)
Many young women from Punjab in search of jobs abroad end up illegally in Greece, where they are forced into the flesh trade, says an NGO that has taken up their cause after a request from gurdwaras in that country.
Managing committees of Greece-based gurdwaras have written to Punjab NGO Lok Bhalai Party (LBP), which works for the rights of Indians stranded abroad, to stop Punjabi girls from coming to Greece. The gurdwaras have pointed out that Punjabi girls, in search of better jobs, are reaching Greece illegally, but there are no opportunities available for them there.
“Ten gurdwaras in Greece have collectively sent us a request letter to stop the people of Punjab from sending girls to Greece as there are no jobs available there.” the NGO’s senior vice-president Avtar Singh Mullanpuri told IANS here. “Failing to find any jobs, these girls live in very miserable conditions and many of them are forced into flesh trade.” he added.
Around 50 girls are currently stranded in Greece.