Human Traffic Watch

Collapse of USSR and rise of sex trafficking in Europe

In Awareness, Human Trafficking, Sex Trafficking on October 20, 2012 at 9:11 am




The collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 opened up boarders around Eastern Europe, making it easier to travel form country to country. Because of the financial crisis during this time, many families were suffering and needed extra money.

Women seeked jobs abroad to help earn more money. Many women are uneducated and easily tricked. Traffickers put wanted ads in the papers for women wanting work abroad, disguising the jobs under headings like women waitresses needed, or dancers needed. Women being desperate to earn a living would take these jobs entrusting their potential employers. They would then be taken to the destination country where they would be sold off to a pimp and put to work in brothels, strip clubs or private hotel rooms, where they would be sexually exploited, raped, beaten up, and psychologically abused.

Once they arrived at these destinations they would have their passports taken away from them so they are stuck and imprisoned.


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