Timor refugees make cheap labor

| Fri Oct. 27, 2000 2:00 AM EDT

As if being terrorized out of their homes and driven into refugee camps weren't bad enough, hundreds of displaced East Timorese children may have wound up as forced laborers in Indonesian sweatshops and brothels, reports THE AGE.

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10/21- Russian church rides the rails As many as 1000 children were separated from their parents during the mayhem following East Timor's declaration of independence last year, either in East Timor itself or later in refugee camps. Investigators say some were relocated by pro-Jakarta Timorese who plan to indoctrinate them as political activists to push for East Timor's reintegration with Indonesia; others have reportedly been forced to work in Indonesian factory sweatshops and plantations or as prostitutes.

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