Monday, February 04, 2008

Poland, Junction for Illegal Immigrants

About 15,000 illegal immigrants, most of them women, cross from Asia and the former Soviet Union each year into Polish territory to reach western Europe, Warsaw media headlined on Tuesday.

Organized by mafia people-smugglers, the immigrants are convoyed across the country to become prostitutes in Great Britain, France, Germany, Italy or Spain.

Polska daily news comments that Polish police barely touch these cases, since the current government does not force them to do so.

Poland, with its large border with Ukraine, became the European Union's biggest eastern door after entering the Schengen space in January, a borderless area of many former Soviet Union states.