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Katia, from Moldova, was sold into sexual slavery in Turkey. Her husband decided to go undercover and try to find her.

Join the Discussion: What are your thoughts on the multibilltion dollar global sex trade? What can be done to combat it and help its victims?


Dear Frontline,

This documentary opened my eyes to a world that I didn't know existed. My skin crawled watching this show. It's really a shame how the police and judges seem not to have a care about these girls. I guess they are being paid off as well. This world is plagued with greed. Respect and love have been replaced with money and power. My dream is to travel the world, but now it scares me to know that sex trades are all over the world.

Latonya Green
Pittsburgh, Pa


Dear Frontline, I want to thank you for enlightening me on this subject.I was very upset during the show.Had all kinds of emotions from sad to just plain pissed off to be honest.I was amazed that we were seeing and listening to the trafficker that just got probation and the authorities can not or will not do anything.And then the women that took care of the girls on the ship just made me sick to think those girls looked to her as a mother or grandmother.Its awful but now I am more educated about this kind of thing and it probably happens in the U.S. too which is also very scary.

Terri Valega
Tulsa, OK


In as much as it was important to let those girls tell their story, I would have been far more interested to see your investigation focus on the powers that allow this industry to thrive.

For example the policeman who returned the girl to her captors and especially the Judge who basically dismissed the case. The fact that the Secret Service was well aware of the business and capable of giving FrontLine information gave me the impression that they turn a blind eye as well.

Rosemary Ruston-Cosselmon
Charlottesville, VA


I thought I heard the narrator say that money was given to the sick boy for medical reasons. (The producers were chastized by someone for not donating the $600 needed for medical treatment). While the story was horrifying you have to wonder about people so in need of money they resort to prostitution, but still manage to have money to chain smoke. Also, why are they bringing multiple children into the hopeless world they live in? I know what I just said won't sit well with many, but people have to take some personal responsibility for their choices.It is a very sad situation.

Judy Rogers
Boston, Ma


I watched a documentary that aired Sunday.This took place in a florida suburb. At the end of the video, it says that the scum that locked her up and pimped her was only sentenced to 8 years!!?? What is wrong with our judges!?This is hard to watch. The girl could be your next door neighbor.

santa barbara, ca


Thank you for re-broadcasting this episode about the sexual trafficking of women; it is a story that needs to be told often.

I have worked as a prostitute on and off for some years now, and while I have done this voluntarily, I am deeply upset at the fate of women who are coerced into the life. Although I support the legalisation of adult prostitution, I strongly condemn sexual trafficking of women and girls.

Marie Brown
L.A., CA


As disturbing as this show was I cannot get Tania's younger brother out of my mind. He was as much a victim, if not more, as those sold into the sex trade. How could this young boy who seemed alone and was so seriously ill be left to fend for himself while you went on shooting? How could you get so involved in making this documentary that you neglected him? Where were your ethics? Or was it all about exposing a sex trade in exchange for ratings? Frontline says they gave Tania the money that was needed to save her brother. You don't say what she did with it. The sex trade is old news now but nothing can bring that precious young boy back.

shiarra dehada
bellevue, wa


The show was both captivating and too difficult to watch. What difference can a single broadcast do when we return to our contented lives and cast it off like a bad dream? This is where top-notch investigative journalism has the chance to effect social change, by gathering people together to try to solve seemingly impossible problems. Suggestions you receive from your viewers might be a good start. Use them.

Maggie C.
Gaithersburg, MD


As always, "Frontline" is my favorite program on TV, I never miss it.

As far as the program tonight, I'm way ahead of you. I've written my Congressman and Senators several times and told them I want legislation to put an end to this scourge. At first I received some form mailings thanking me for contacting them. But after writing several letters I've received some positive information from them. Sex slavery is a sickness that has no place in "civilized" society. I also fired off a letter to the EU asking what their committees are doing to put pressure on their member countries, and countries such as Turkey that want to become members, to end this activity.

I was happy to see the Frontline team getting involved, even to the extent of helping financially, I only wish you could of did more. One member of the team was having second thoughts about getting "too" involved when it came to the young man trying to get his wife back, but in the end she did the right thing.

Hutchinson, KS


I was just in the Ukraine in March if I would have seen this before I went I probably would have cancelled my trip. This kind of story needs to be put out there for many different stations to air. So people see them and stand up and make these countries accountable for what they are allowing. The police take kick back and I am sure the ladder just rises from there. It is a big market and it needs to be stopped.

The country is very poor and I understand that, I also have seen it but I am sure there is a better way for people to make money and yet still respect the women over there. Alot of the young women over there just want to be discovered and they will try everything to get out because it is so poor.

Unless the people of the USA go there they could never imagine what it is like you come back a different person.

So for all the people that watched this program do not judge until you walk in there shoes for just one day and imagine not being able to feed or save your child because you have no money.

Thank You Frontline for doing this story and keep it up put the preasure on and maybe people will open there eyes.

Angela Morawa
Crestwood, Illinois


It is unfortunate this is happening to people today in the 21st century. My question is what is wrong with such a culture that could raise people who could afflict such pain and misery on other fellow humans. Some might argue those girls are poor and have such enormous problems to solve as we have seen in the movie, but what about the perpetuators, the Pimps, the lawyers, the judges and those paying to have sex with these women. What kind of poverty are they suffering from?

Abba Ahmed
Athens, Columbus


It is a sad story and I feel sorry for those woman. I hate to say that the solution in my opinion is to legalize prostitution so the demand would go down and women could get treatment. I believe prostitution is legal in parts of europe and is bind to be clean by state standards. So sexually transmitted dieases are less common.

Troy Brown
Dallas, TX


Important documentary to show comfortable women like myself who live in the United States within the middle-class (for now, at least). As a result, my sleep is rightly disturbed by the fact that while I am in a comfortable bed, safe and respected, other women are commodified, raped and beaten as sex slaves.

So, what can we do? The producers have done the first step, raising awareness through a very effective process. Frontline has aired the show. I chose to view the documentary to its end ~ but now what? Is this just more voyeurism?

Patty Kean
Arlington, MA


There have been so many suggestions and ideas and opinions about what needs to be done to help these victims. All of the suggestions are good in one way or another, but this is so much more deeply rooted than just going in and kicking a--.

There needs to be political will and an infrastructure in place, but how does that happen when the country itself is barely surviving as a whole?

There needs to be more support for not only these women, but families who are living in poverty and can't find work, but how does that happen when there is no economy to speak of?

There needs to be more respect for each other, not just for women, but for each other and it should be known that this kind of thing is socially unacceptable, but how do you do that when people are so desperate and have no other choice and absolutely no resources?

There needs to be more jobs available where they live.

There needs to be more social programs in place.

Political corruption needs to be removed so that people are getting the service from their government that they deserve.

There are many places in the world that need help in order to survive, but we're too busy bombing the hell out of Iraq. There is no "taking care of our own" anymore. We all share this rock and we all need to take care of each other or we'll all suffer the consequences.

So much more needs to be done to help these destitute countries than just kicking down doors. For every pimp you put away, there will likely be another one waiting to take his/her place.

Jacqueline Laprise
Vancouver, British Columbia


The root cause of this problem is: men's animal instinct to mate, and pay big $$$ if they cannot find the mate themselves. But because it is an instinct I do not think that the solution will be found in outlawing prostitution.

The second major root cause is most probably lax government enforcement of laws. If governments gave a damn and the justice system gave a damn, this problem would still take place but on a much smaller scale than where it is currently. Capital punishment for traffickers is one idea I heard other users mentioining...

So government enforcement is key. But why does government not give a third world countries as well as highly developed nations?

BECAUSE the citizens do not give a damn. That is a fact. Everybody is dumbed down, caring about what Brittney Spears had for breakfast rather than truly significant matters (Such as the war in Iraq, declining purchasing power money due to central banks inflatinary policies, human trafficking, etc). And why is that? Who knows, but the media is partly to blame as well as our educational system, societal values, etc etc.

It seems like now-a-days there are very few people who think critically. By that I mean evaluating supporting evidence versus blindly believing what somebody else said and taking it as god's word.

But in the end, it is the people who are to blame. If, for example, human trafficking is happening in your country (and it is), then the MAJORITY of the citizens living in your country are to blame. Take WW2, the holocaust. Can you honestly say the citizens are not to blame for turning a blind eye and in some cases assissting the movement.

Wow what a rant. I would like to finish this reply with the following quote which I think sums up my point quite nicely. I do not typically like to just copy paste quotes in order to try to sound smart, but this is very fitting:

"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing" - So for the sake of humanity, do something.

Tyler D
Toronto, Ontario


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