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Jalandhar (Punjab), Nov 20 (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.

'They can stay in the gurdwaras during the day but according to the rules of the Greece government, they cannot stay there at night. So, the

girls are on roads at night and are sexually exploited many a time,' Mullanpuri said.

He alleged that Baba Gurnam Singh, a travel agent from Moga in Punjab who resides in Georgia, has been placing advertisements in media and

taking Punjabi girls to that country and handing them over to Pakistan-based agents, who illegally take them to Greece through the forests of Turkey.

'Agents are sexually exploiting the helpless girls who do not know the local language. We do not even have an Indian embassy in Georgia which

the victims can approach,' Mullanpuri pointed out.

The Lok Bhalai Party has started a campaign to deal with the problem and its representatives have urged the government for intervention.

Said the NGO's president Balwant Singh Ramoowalia: 'We have started a campaign to educate Punjab's people that they should not send their

children to Georgia and Greece. There are no jobs for them there. Travel agents are minting money by making false promises.'

'We also urge the central and state governments to immediately intervene in the matter and ensure the safe return of the girls. They also need

to keep a tab on the unscrupulous agents,' Ramoowalia said.

'We have sought a list of the girls' names and addresses from the gurdwaras so that we can approach their families in Punjab,' he added.

Ramoowalia said family members of the victim girls are not coming out in the open as they are afraid of social stigma and criticism.

He said the stranded girls, who are from different parts of Punjab, are in their early 20s and they had reached Georgia on student visas.

In their letter to the NGO, the Greece gurdwaras have mentioned that earlier there were cases of Punjabi men illegally coming there but now

they have observed a sudden surge in the number of girls adopting this illegitimate immigration path.

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Coming soon to a place near you.

Sikh prostitutes.

Is it even worth trying to inform the retards back home?

They just seem to be happy to wallow in willful ignorance.

An absolute lack of savvy on our people's part - bravo.

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You can inform them but their naivety and apathy wont stop them.

Who in their right minds sends young women off like this though? I've never heard of it before. Eastern european and chinese women usually have to be abducted and drugged to work in the sex industry according to the victims, but here we have Sikh girls just walking into it thinking they were going off to the uk to work as maids/waitresses and that every westerner/middle easterner is a Mr Darcy or Sharukh Khan. Hate to break it to our sisters but it's not only Indians who can be rapists and sex criminals.

Do East Punjabis even use the internet and come on these forums or watch these videos? Is it really worth your daughter being used by greeks, chavs, fauji junkies, polaks, off the boat kaleh and all the other dregs of Western society for the off chance you might get some money? Like I've said before, wouldnt you rather your daughter/sister worked in a factory in East Punjab instead. Even some Korean investors said EP had potential and worth building industries in. Once their women were brought as trophy wives by yanks or were used as sex workers in other countries. After industrialisation and economic development they dont have these problems. Wake up to reality, you cant keep running from East Punjab.

As for the families who wont own up to their daughters being abused and refusing to take them back - name and shame them. This is just like kuri-mar.

If this happened to UK Sikh girls I would be down at the visa sellers office until they sorted it out. And God help them if they didnt. Badal, if he had a backbone, would shut them all down and throw them in prison. Use their assets to bring back the victims and rehabilitate the them. Are there no Sikhs left in East Punjab? We shoot all this war porn about our ancestors up our veins yet we cant even protect our own like they used to? What the hell is going on?

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There's no point telling people in Punjab about it. They won't believe you anyway and the first thing they'll say is that you're saying it because you don't want them to go abroad and make money so they have a better life and build big kothi's in the pind!

There are a lot of videos on youtube about illegal immigration in the UK and those who have no jobs and now wanna go back to Punjab. I hope these videos will change people's mind in Punjab and make them stop thinking that the grass is greener on the other side.... because it isn't!

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