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Statement by the Macedonian Ministry of Interior

November 23, 2008 – “Maybe the NGOs think that the revolt of the citizens is irrelevant, and it is “normal” to offer oral sex to a 15-year old, for a certain amount of money” – is only one of the questions raised in the official statement by the Macedonian Ministry of Interior, published on their web site and released to the Media on November 28. More

November 23, 2008 – “Maybe the NGOs think that the revolt of the citizens is irrelevant, and it is “normal” to offer oral sex to a 15-year old, for a certain amount of money” – is only one of the questions raised in the official statement by the Macedonian Ministry of Interior, published on their web site and released to the Media on November 28.
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Following is the integral Statement:

“The medical tests, as was specified at the press conference, were made upon a court order and we really cannot understand why anyone would treat the execution of a court order as violence.

As a matter of fact, we also cannot understand why anybody would mind a free of charge medical examination, when such a big number of citizens of Macedonia eagerly wait for such services during actions carried out by the Ministry of Health.

At the very least, even if they weren’t suspects, we expected from NGOs support for the medical examination, if they are even slightly concerned about the health of the persons detained for resorting to prostitution.

MOI strongly negates the statements of NGOs that there had been use of force during detention of the persons suspect for resorting to, mediating or procuring prostitution services.

We deem as an ultimate hypocrisy the attempt to underrate the action and to pressure the court, which has already stated a detention measure for a mother, who in addition to prostituting herself, also procured clients to her daughters.

In line with its competences, MOI shall continue to perform measures against all persons involved in illegal socio-pathological phenomena.

We shall not ignore the numerous calls for action from our citizens and worried parents who report that sexual services had been offered to their minor children visiting the Youth Cultural Centre, and even to them, in the presence of their children.

Maybe the NGOs think that the revolt of the citizens is irrelevant, and it is “normal” to offer oral sex to a 15-year old, for a certain amount of money.

We think that it would be far more adequate, if NGOs really cared about the health and dignity of the persons detained for prostitution, to shelter and educate them, thus preparing them in order to be able to compete at the legal labor market.”

Another statement

Another statement about the case appeared in some newspapers, this one by a spokesperson of the Ministry of Interior

“The HIV-testing of prostitutes was legal and there was a court warrant for that. The clients caught using sexual services at the time of detention were not tested, since there was no criminal report for them, nor were there indications that they are possible carriers”, the MoI spokesperson said.

“If somebody sells rotten candies in a store, it is normal to sanction the person selling them, and not the persons buying them” - said Ivo Kotevski, MoI spokesperson.

“The police recommended eight clients to make tests, for their own safety. I have no information that prostitutes have had medical check ups previously – adds Kotevski.

According to him, instead of helping the girls, “NGOs via appeals try to sponge money for future projects”.

“Now prostitutes are back on the streets, so NGOs can shelter them, and purchase them two apartments and educate them there, train them to be mistresses or what ever else if it is that would make them more qualified workers.”

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