The report documents abuses perpetrated against women and girls in Kosovo, including abduction, deprivation of liberty and denial of freedom of movement, often combined with other restrictions, including the withdrawal of travel or identity documents.
At a bar on the outskirts of Prishtina, Adem, an attractive young Albanian man, stands on a balcony with a drink in one hand, cigarette in the other. Inside, a mass of people, including one drag queen in a platinum-blond wig, are pounding the dance floor. The party is being hosted by a local NGO that works on behalf of Kosovo’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community, and the last effort to stage LGBT parties in Prishtina ended disastrously.
The women that these Kosovar Albanians marry in the West believe they have found ideal, attentive husbands.
However, once the men have gained permanent residency in their host country – after five years of marriage to a citizen in Germany - they often demand a divorce.
They leave their children behind in Kosovo so that they can pose as single men and remarry fast.
That’s how I felt.” Such is life for members of the LGBT community in Kosovo.
Two years ago, her husband remarried a German woman.
Even if her man is in the wrong, an Albanian woman will be understanding and stick by her man.” Not that having a loyal woman by your side it’s not essential, actually it’s very important, but nowadays Albanian women are not much different from their western counterparts. The number of divorces in Albania not only is constantly increasing, but are mainly women filing for it.
In this report, Amnesty International identifies trafficking as a series of abuses and violations of the human rights of trafficked women and girls, both at the hand of their traffickers and subsequently, within the criminal justice system.