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How five women from the struggling countries of Eastern Europe were tricked into sexual slavery, beaten by traffickers and pimps and forced to work to turn a profit, and how they finally escaped. Plus, a convicted Ukrainian sex trafficker talks about the multibillion dollar sex trade business and why he sold an acquaintance for $1,000.

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Interviews

Katia + Vlad + Anya + Katerina + Tania + Eva

 

Hungary

Hungary is another Eastern European country where, following the end of communism, women seeking a better life abroad have been forced into prostitution.

 

Istanbul

Istanbul is the key port city of Turkey.

 

Moldova

Moldova has become a leading exporter of women into the global sex trade. Perhaps the poorest country in Europe, 80% of its people live below the poverty line.

 

Odessa

Odessa is a major hub for the global sex trade.

 

Turkey

Turkey has become one of the largest markets for women trafficked from Ukraine and the old Soviet Bloc. Lax visa requirements make it an easy port of entry to Europe and the Middle East.

 

Ukraine

Officials estimate that hundreds of thousands of women have been trafficked from Ukraine since the fall of the Soviet Union.

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posted feb. 7, 2006

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