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26 February 2010

Prostitution and Drugs in Timor-Leste blamed on foreigners

President Horta calls for the Government to control illegal drugs and commercial sex Radio & Televizaun Timor-Leste, February 25, 2010 language source: Tetun - President Jose Ramos Horta has called for the Government and the National Police to control illegal drugs and commercial sex in the country.

Mr. Horta has held a meeting with the deputy prime minister for management and public administration, the state secretary for security, the prosecutor general and the police commissioner to discuss the issue.

Mr. Horta stressed that the numbers of illegal drugs in the country are not high but some foreign nationals come to produce them and distribute to the young Timorese people.

“The amount of drugs is small, but some people out of the country through Atambua come and then start producing it,” Mr. Horta said.

Government to regulate illegal drugs and prostitution: Carrascalao Radio & Televizaun Timor-Leste, February 25, 2010 language source: Tetun - The Deputy Prime Minister for Management and Public Administration, Mario Viegas Carrascalao, has said that the Government will regulate illegal drugs and sex slave in Timor-Leste.

Mr. Carrascalao stressed that the immigration police will check the visas of all the foreign nationals who visit the country and the Ministry of Commerce and Tourism will control the licencing of  bars to avoid illegal drugs smuggling and prostitution.

Mr. Carrascalao said that bars that engaged in illegal drugs activity and prostitution should be closed down.

The Government will take necessary action against the illegal drugs and prostitution shortly before explaining it to the community.  

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