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APNewsBreak: Clinton orders review of visa program

APNewsBreak: Clinton orders review of exchange program used by criminals for sex trade By The Associated Press

JACKSON, Mississippi (AP) ' Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has ordered an extensive review of a foreign exchange program that criminals have used to import women for the sex industry.

A federal indictment announced last week accuses the mafia of bringing Eastern European women to work in New York strip clubs under the J-1 Summer Work Travel program.

That visa program allows college students from other countries to spend their summers living, working and traveling in the U.S. It's supposed to foster cultural understanding and fills American resorts with seasonal workers.

The State Department has made several changes since an Associated Press investigation last year uncovered widespread abuses.

A State Department spokesman now says Clinton "has called for an extensive and thorough review of the program."

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