A journalist, Victor Malarek spent two years interviewing traffickers and their victims and is the author of The Natashas: Inside the New Global Sex Trade (2003). He talks here about how women are conned into the sex trade, the countries that are supplying the new “fourth wave” of trafficked women, and the failure of governments to help the countless women who are forced into prostitution.
Why has the trafficking of women from the former Soviet bloc countries in Eastern Europe increased?
When the Iron Curtain crumbled, it seemed like organized crime realized the many resources that they could go in and exploit. They were stealing everything from oil and gold and natural resources; what they went after next was the young women.
They realized that there’s a lot of money to be made on one woman. They could kidnap or buy her for $500 and within a year make…
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