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Sex Slavery , the shocking reality

Postby 198abv » Tue May 27, 2008 6:14 am

Every year thousands of women are forced into prostitution .
A must see.
"Sex Slaves" is a gripping documentary expose inside the global sex trade in women from the former Soviet Bloc. The film takes viewers into the shadowy, multi-billion dollar world of sex trafficking. Part cinema verit├®, part investigation, Sex Slaves puts a human face on this most inhuman of contemporary issues. From the villages of Moldova and Ukraine, to underground brothels and discotheques in Turkey where many women are trafficked and forced into prostitution, we witness first-hand the brutal world of white sex slavery .

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid ... 7747515257
or

http://tinyurl.com/67hlzj

or you tube

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VJyYEQbDIEo&NR=1
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Re: Sex Slavery , the shocking reality

Postby chimaera » Tue May 27, 2008 8:04 am

The sex trade is also a growth industry in countries where fgm is still widely, but covertly, practiced. The women are provided from, as you say, the former Soviet Bloc. The brothels of Cairo are full of much in demand Russian girls these days.

Whilst fgm is still taking place, the sex trade will thrive.
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Postby 198abv » Tue May 27, 2008 10:18 am

Ok but female Genitalia mutilation is one thing and slavery another thing.
One cannot , should not excuse the other.
Besides in countries like britain there are hundreds of slaves and no female Genitalia Mutilation.

The issue is not sex trade.
Sex trade will always exist.
The issue is slave trade.
These women are atracted to foreign countries and then they are exploited.
They are bought and sold between pimps exactly the same way slaves were traded.
This is unaceptable.
Completely unaceptable.
Sex trade is ok as long as people do not get forced to prostitute themselves.
If western countries managed to abolish slavery they should do everything they could against the new forms of slavery.
Slavery was abolished in Britain in 1830, I guess.
Today there are people who have ( own ) slaves that they use in order to enrich themselves.
This is unaceptable and authorities should deal with the problem.
The bottom line.
Slavery is not aceptable including in the case women and children are forced to prostitute themselves .

People FAIL to grasp what sexual slavery is all about.

Sexual slavery is not about sex only.
Its about slavery.
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Kept in a dungeon ready to be sold as slaves.

Postby 198abv » Tue May 27, 2008 4:19 pm

Kept in a dungeon ready to be sold as slaves.
Telegraph ^ | 27 November 2005 | David Harrison in Skopje

Posted on 11/27/2005 9:26:00 AM PST by Lorianne

Hidden below a shelf in the corridor of a run-down motel, a sharp-eyed police officer spots what appears to be a trap-door.

When he and his colleagues go down the concrete steps, shining their torches into the dark, damp cellar, they are scarcely able to believe what they encounter.

A police video shows girls emerging from a dank cellar Cowering against a crumbling wall are eight terrified young women. Strewn on the bare floor are stained mattresses, a pile of discarded clothes and a few empty boxes. There is no heating, no light.

The women, aged 18 to 24, are from across eastern Europe, lured from Romania, Moldova, Ukraine and Bulgaria, with promises of good jobs as waitresses, au pairs and dancers.

Instead, they have been forced into modern-day slavery in western Macedonia, locked in the dirty cellar and only summoned upstairs by their masters to perform sexual services for customers who are usually drunk and often violent.

When they were found, the victims, some of whom had been "broken in" as prostitutes in other countries on the way to Macedonia, barely knew where they were. They had no idea what the future held but knew that it was beyond their control.

In reality, they were likely to be sold on and moved to Western countries, including Britain, where their ordeal would go on - only with customers paying higher prices to their pimps.

But this shocking discovery is not an isolated case: at least two other groups of women trafficked from eastern Europe were found in cellars - and another in a filthy attic - during recent late-night raids by police near the towns of Tetovo, Gostivar and Struga, in western Macedonia, close to the Albanian border.

The area is populated mostly by ethnic Albanians and, along with Kosovo and Albania, forms Europe's biggest human-trafficking centre.

The Mafia-like gangs who run the trafficking network have links to violent criminals, almost 1,000 miles away in Britain, who have muscled, threatened and shot their way to near-total domination of London's prostitution rings, according to Scotland Yard.

Britain is attractive to the sex traffickers because immigration controls are seen as weak, and prices and demand for sexual services are high.

A Sunday Telegraph investigation into human trafficking has recently exposed how women can be bought in Romania, a prime "country of origin" for trafficked women, and how many victims are beaten, raped and sold on to traffickers in countries including Britain, Greece, Italy, Germany and Spain.

But the latest disturbing results of our investigations reveal that women are being held in these shocking and degrading conditions in Macedonia, a transit country for women who will mostly be moved on to the West.

They show that urgent action is needed to deal with a crime that has exploded since the collapse of the Soviet Union left many newly independent states in desperate poverty and their people easy prey for traffickers.

The Macedonian police raids were recorded on video and the Sunday Telegraph was given exclusive access to the footage.

The films, compilations of the various raids, make for harrowing viewing. In one clip, a group of dazed, frightened women is seen emerging from a cellar, stooping down to pass through a small, carefully disguised trapdoor at the top of the steps.

A spokesman for the national police said the women had spent hours on end locked in the cellar without seeing daylight, and were given just enough food to keep them sufficiently healthy to satisfy clients.

"The traffickers wanted to hide their slaves in case the motel was raided and the cellar was also used to punish girls who did not do exactly as they were told," the spokesman said.

Other clips show the cellars and the attic where the girls were kept. One reveals a dark, concrete corridor leading to a room containing mattresses, boxes and clothes. Another shows a larger cellar used as a laundry area and storeroom for the bar where the girls "entertained" customers.

Police officers can be seen milling around one of the bars next to a stage for pole dancers. The ceiling of another bar is riddled with holes from bullets fired by the traffickers and clients in alcohol-fuelled "celebrations".

The footage also shows guns and cartridges found at a motel and the women's passports - confiscated to ensure that they could not escape.

The girls are filmed standing with their bags packed, preparing to be taken away by the police after being liberated from their subterranean prisons. Most have not had time to change and are still in "costume", wearing short - or no - skirts and, in one case, bottomless trousers.

One woman is wearing knee-length boots that do not match. Most of them come from poor families and, on film, they tell how they were deceived into leaving their homes. A Romanian, whose name has been withheld to protect her identity, says: "My situation at home was very difficult and there is no work in my area.

"I was offered work abroad by a man I had known for a long time and when he promised me a better life I believed him. But it was just a lie. He took me to Serbia and sold me and I ended up in Macedonia."

Another woman was sold by a man who promised her a job in Germany as an au pair. "My hopes were crushed," she said.

Another Romanian victim, sold by a woman who promised her work in Italy, said: "I had heard stories about women being bought and sold like merchandise but I didn't believe them - and I never dreamt it would happen to me."

The traumatised women were taken to a shelter supported by the International Organisation for Migration, a Western charity, in the capital city Skopje, where they were given medical and psychological help and encouraged to testify against the traffickers.

The police spokesman said. "It is hard to imagine what they have been through. It will take a long time for them to recover, if they ever do."

Macedonian police say they are pleased with their success so far in cracking down on the sex-traffickers - but admit that they have "a long way to go and need international support".

Helga Konrad, the head of anti-trafficking at the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), which works with 55 governments, described the treatment of the women as "a horrendous crime and human rights violation". She urged governments to step up joint efforts to "break the whole criminal chain".

The "cellar girls" at least have a chance to recover. Many other women trapped in the bars and brothels - and increasingly private flats and houses - of western Macedonia, do not know if they will ever be free.

Posing as a businessman I gained access to a private club run by traffickers near the south-western city of Ohrid. The girls working there - from Ukraine, Moldova and Bulgaria - were imprisoned in the club and the adjoining hotel.

Away from the eyes of her suspicious controllers, Svetlana, a 24-year-old trafficked by a "friend" with a promise of waitress work, told nervously of her misery. A good day for her, she said, was "if I had a client who was not drunk, violent or crazy".

Svetlana desperately missed her three-year-old daughter and her father, who had worked on the Chernobyl clean-up and was ill with cancer. As she was being led away - because our paid-for time with her was up - she said: "I just wish I could have a normal life."
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i was sold for GBP2,000

Postby 198abv » Tue May 27, 2008 4:44 pm

i was sold for GBP2,000, but i'm one of the lucky ones - i'm free now
November 4, 2005 12:00am
Source: Evening Standard

NATASHA'S manicured hand shakes with trepidation as she lights up a cigarette. "This is hard for me," she says, softly, her almond eyes glistening.

"Until now, I have told no one; not even my mother."

Indeed, the damage to Natasha is not obvious to the eye, for what you see, sitting in a Highgate cafe, is a beautiful Russian teenager, with an unblemished complexion and a shapely figure.

You would never guess that, until recently, when she was liberated by a police raid on a London brothel, Natasha was a sex slave, locked up against her will at 17 and forced into prostitution by people-traffickers.

Billed on an internet site by her pimp as "London's youngest prostitute", she was forced to fulfil the sexual fantasies of middleclass men at numerous upmarket massage parlours in the West End, Hendon and Sudbury.

This week, as yet another major trafficking gang, believed to be responsible for bringing at least 600 illegal immigrants to the UK, is jailed, Natasha's story is a disturbing account of the horrors these women face.

She describes how she was sold for GBP6,000, passed from Moscow to Frankfurt to Brussels and finally to London.

And how she faced down her pimp in a London court, and won her freedom.

Natasha's story begins more than a year ago in the Samara region of central Russia, where she lived with her father, a factory worker, and her mother, a teacher. "I was a typical rebellious teenager with a dream to see the world before I settled down to college," she says. "When my friend Tania saw an advert in a newspaper - 'work abroad for good money' - we jumped at it."

Natasha and Tania were directed to a local travel agent, where a persuasive woman, Vera, told them that they could find "excellent work" in Spain as waitresses. "We gratefully asked Vera how much we had to pay her for getting us the job," recalls Natasha. "She said, 'Don't worry, you can pay me when you start working.' "We had walked into a trap that led straight to the underworld. We just didn't know it."

Natasha packed a few things and left without telling her parents. "If I had told my mother I was going abroad, she would never have let me go, so I wrote a note saying I was going to work in Moscow." Natasha and Tania were indeed headed for Moscow, but only to obtain visas for Europe.

They were met by a man called Sergei who took them to an empty flat. After two weeks, Natasha's visas arrived and Sergei said she must leave. Tania, he lied, would follow on.

Natasha was put on a two-day coach to Frankfurt, where a man called Georgy collected her. Speeding down the motorway, Natasha began to see signs for Belgium.

"I thought we were going to Barcelona," she inquired. "They don't want you in Spain," Georgy said.

"But someone wants to see you in Brussels.

You are going to work as a prostitute."

"I wanted to open the door and jump out," recalls Natasha. "I said: 'You have made a terrible mistake, I am not that type of girl.' The thought of sleeping with men for money horrified her.

Arriving in Brussels, Georgy forcibly handed Natasha over to John, an Albanian whom he introduced as her pimp, and who paid Georgy GBP2,000 in Euros, for "delivering her".

"That night," says Natasha, "John broke me in. He raped me." But the nightmare had only just begun.

The next day, John dressed her in high heels, red miniskirt and black stockings and drove her to Avenue Louise, which was to be her "office" for the next two months. She would charge e100 an hour and have sex with men in cars or cheap hotel rooms, with John always nearby, circling in his car or hovering in the background.

"At first, escape was always on my mind," she says, "but it was impossible.

John never let me out of his sight and would lock me in the flat. After a while I just stopped thinking about it."

Natasha would never have come to London if it had not been for a terrible beating by one of her clients. "I became hysterical and told John I refused to work on the street any more. He could see his investment in me might not work out, so he said, 'I'll make calls, maybe I can sell you and you can work in another country in a flat.'" A few days later, a Kosovan, Niki Dimitrov, 29, arrived, paid John GBP4,000, and introduced himself to Natasha as "your new pimp". Dimitrov, who had escaped deportation from the UK by claiming he'd been tortured in the Balkan conflict, drove Natasha to England and to his flat in Archway, north London, where he took pornographic photographs of her.

He posted them on the internet under the tagline: "London's youngest prostitute".

The next morning, after forcing Natasha to have sex with him, Dimitrov dressed her in a nurse's outfit and drove her to a flat in Bayswater. There he introduced her to two Lithuanian girls who served other pimps. Dimitrov instructed Natasha to charge GBP150 an hour for straight sex, with prices rising the more degrading the request.

"If ever I refused a client, Niki would beat me up," she says. "Once he punched me in the face so badly that I was unable to work for 10 days. I tried to talk to the other girls to see if they were slaves like me, but they were too terrified to discuss their situation."

After a few months, Natasha was moved to Paradise, a massage parlour in Station Road, Hendon, and then onto another in Harrow Road, Sudbury, north-west London, run by Dimitrov's friend, and where she was expected to have sex with up to five punters a day.

"I was constantly thinking about running away, but Niki told me: 'If you try, I will hunt you down and kill you. And then I will kill your mother.'

"To survive, I totally switched off," she says. "It was like I wasn't there.

But I never gave up hope. I believed that one day - when I had paid off the GBP4,000 Niki had paid for me - I would get my life back.

"At night Niki locked me in his flat and forced me to cook, clean and have sex with him. I was not even allowed to go out to the shops on my own."

Natasha's hell only came to an end a month before her 18th birthday because of a police raid on the Sudbury brothel. The Met's Clubs & Vice unit arrested Dimitrov. Natasha was re-housed in a one-bedroom flat. But, to put Dimitrov away, she had to find the courage to give evidence against him at Southwark Crown Court.

"I was terrified to make eye contact," she says, recalling the trial last December. In the face of Natasha's account, Dimitrov confessed to living on prostitution, was jailed for six years and placed on the sex offenders' register for life. It was a landmark case, with Dimitrov the first person to be prosecuted under section 49 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003 for controlling a child prostitute.

MEANWHILE, Natasha - given indefinite leave to remain in the UK - has been painstakingly rebuilding her life. She has enrolled at London University where, by day, she is studying English and photography, and by night she works as a supermarket cashier.

At weekends, she goes out to clubs and discos with her large group of student friends - none of whom know anything about her tragic past. Recently, she says, she took "a big step" - she now has a boyfriend from college but she has yet to tell him the truth and still finds it hard to trust men. She counts herself "extremely lucky" that the police rescued her when they did.

"I am young, I am resilient, I will recover," she says softly.

She loves nothing more than to wander through London, down by the Thames, a free person. "It's unreal to think I was a slave in captivity here not so long ago. A slave! In London!" She shakes her head. "Even if I told people, they would hardly believe it."

And suddenly she looks fragile.

Natasha has been through so much you can easily forget she is a vulnerable teenager in a strange land. She still misses her mother terribly and says she has been unable to visit her because her British immigration travel documents stop her returning to Russia.

"I have plans to meet my mum in Europe," she says, excitedly. "I can't wait.

When I phoned my mother to tell her I was in London studying English, she said, 'Wow!' But I could never tell my mother the truth. I can hardly admit it to myself."
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Re: Sex Slavery , the shocking reality

Postby chimaera » Tue May 27, 2008 8:49 pm

Bumping this for obvious reasons.

Agree. The sex trade will never be stopped. The slave trade is another matter which is not being taken seriously enough.

However, the point I was making was that where there is a need for unmutilated sex workers, then they are being supplied through the sex slave trade.

fgm is widely practiced - even in the UK.
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Re: i was sold for GBP2,000

Postby RedFury » Tue May 27, 2008 8:55 pm

198abv wrote:i was sold for GBP2,000, but i'm one of the lucky ones - i'm free now
November 4, 2005 12:00am
Source: Evening Standard

NATASHA'S manicured hand shakes with trepidation as she lights up a cigarette. "This is hard for me," she says, softly, her almond eyes glistening.

"Until now, I have told no one; not even my mother."

Indeed, the damage to Natasha is not obvious to the eye, for what you see, sitting in a Highgate cafe, is a beautiful Russian teenager, with an unblemished complexion and a shapely figure.

You would never guess that, until recently, when she was liberated by a police raid on a London brothel, Natasha was a sex slave, locked up against her will at 17 and forced into prostitution by people-traffickers.

Billed on an internet site by her pimp as "London's youngest prostitute", she was forced to fulfil the sexual fantasies of middleclass men at numerous upmarket massage parlours in the West End, Hendon and Sudbury.

This week, as yet another major trafficking gang, believed to be responsible for bringing at least 600 illegal immigrants to the UK, is jailed, Natasha's story is a disturbing account of the horrors these women face.

She describes how she was sold for GBP6,000, passed from Moscow to Frankfurt to Brussels and finally to London.

And how she faced down her pimp in a London court, and won her freedom.

Natasha's story begins more than a year ago in the Samara region of central Russia, where she lived with her father, a factory worker, and her mother, a teacher. "I was a typical rebellious teenager with a dream to see the world before I settled down to college," she says. "When my friend Tania saw an advert in a newspaper - 'work abroad for good money' - we jumped at it."

Natasha and Tania were directed to a local travel agent, where a persuasive woman, Vera, told them that they could find "excellent work" in Spain as waitresses. "We gratefully asked Vera how much we had to pay her for getting us the job," recalls Natasha. "She said, 'Don't worry, you can pay me when you start working.' "We had walked into a trap that led straight to the underworld. We just didn't know it."

Natasha packed a few things and left without telling her parents. "If I had told my mother I was going abroad, she would never have let me go, so I wrote a note saying I was going to work in Moscow." Natasha and Tania were indeed headed for Moscow, but only to obtain visas for Europe.

They were met by a man called Sergei who took them to an empty flat. After two weeks, Natasha's visas arrived and Sergei said she must leave. Tania, he lied, would follow on.

Natasha was put on a two-day coach to Frankfurt, where a man called Georgy collected her. Speeding down the motorway, Natasha began to see signs for Belgium.

"I thought we were going to Barcelona," she inquired. "They don't want you in Spain," Georgy said.

"But someone wants to see you in Brussels.

You are going to work as a prostitute."

"I wanted to open the door and jump out," recalls Natasha. "I said: 'You have made a terrible mistake, I am not that type of girl.' The thought of sleeping with men for money horrified her.

Arriving in Brussels, Georgy forcibly handed Natasha over to John, an Albanian whom he introduced as her pimp, and who paid Georgy GBP2,000 in Euros, for "delivering her".

"That night," says Natasha, "John broke me in. He raped me." But the nightmare had only just begun.

The next day, John dressed her in high heels, red miniskirt and black stockings and drove her to Avenue Louise, which was to be her "office" for the next two months. She would charge e100 an hour and have sex with men in cars or cheap hotel rooms, with John always nearby, circling in his car or hovering in the background.

"At first, escape was always on my mind," she says, "but it was impossible.

John never let me out of his sight and would lock me in the flat. After a while I just stopped thinking about it."

Natasha would never have come to London if it had not been for a terrible beating by one of her clients. "I became hysterical and told John I refused to work on the street any more. He could see his investment in me might not work out, so he said, 'I'll make calls, maybe I can sell you and you can work in another country in a flat.'" A few days later, a Kosovan, Niki Dimitrov, 29, arrived, paid John GBP4,000, and introduced himself to Natasha as "your new pimp". Dimitrov, who had escaped deportation from the UK by claiming he'd been tortured in the Balkan conflict, drove Natasha to England and to his flat in Archway, north London, where he took pornographic photographs of her.

He posted them on the internet under the tagline: "London's youngest prostitute".

The next morning, after forcing Natasha to have sex with him, Dimitrov dressed her in a nurse's outfit and drove her to a flat in Bayswater. There he introduced her to two Lithuanian girls who served other pimps. Dimitrov instructed Natasha to charge GBP150 an hour for straight sex, with prices rising the more degrading the request.

"If ever I refused a client, Niki would beat me up," she says. "Once he punched me in the face so badly that I was unable to work for 10 days. I tried to talk to the other girls to see if they were slaves like me, but they were too terrified to discuss their situation."

After a few months, Natasha was moved to Paradise, a massage parlour in Station Road, Hendon, and then onto another in Harrow Road, Sudbury, north-west London, run by Dimitrov's friend, and where she was expected to have sex with up to five punters a day.

"I was constantly thinking about running away, but Niki told me: 'If you try, I will hunt you down and kill you. And then I will kill your mother.'

"To survive, I totally switched off," she says. "It was like I wasn't there.

But I never gave up hope. I believed that one day - when I had paid off the GBP4,000 Niki had paid for me - I would get my life back.

"At night Niki locked me in his flat and forced me to cook, clean and have sex with him. I was not even allowed to go out to the shops on my own."

Natasha's hell only came to an end a month before her 18th birthday because of a police raid on the Sudbury brothel. The Met's Clubs & Vice unit arrested Dimitrov. Natasha was re-housed in a one-bedroom flat. But, to put Dimitrov away, she had to find the courage to give evidence against him at Southwark Crown Court.

"I was terrified to make eye contact," she says, recalling the trial last December. In the face of Natasha's account, Dimitrov confessed to living on prostitution, was jailed for six years and placed on the sex offenders' register for life. It was a landmark case, with Dimitrov the first person to be prosecuted under section 49 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003 for controlling a child prostitute.

MEANWHILE, Natasha - given indefinite leave to remain in the UK - has been painstakingly rebuilding her life. She has enrolled at London University where, by day, she is studying English and photography, and by night she works as a supermarket cashier.

At weekends, she goes out to clubs and discos with her large group of student friends - none of whom know anything about her tragic past. Recently, she says, she took "a big step" - she now has a boyfriend from college but she has yet to tell him the truth and still finds it hard to trust men. She counts herself "extremely lucky" that the police rescued her when they did.

"I am young, I am resilient, I will recover," she says softly.

She loves nothing more than to wander through London, down by the Thames, a free person. "It's unreal to think I was a slave in captivity here not so long ago. A slave! In London!" She shakes her head. "Even if I told people, they would hardly believe it."

And suddenly she looks fragile.

Natasha has been through so much you can easily forget she is a vulnerable teenager in a strange land. She still misses her mother terribly and says she has been unable to visit her because her British immigration travel documents stop her returning to Russia.

"I have plans to meet my mum in Europe," she says, excitedly. "I can't wait.

When I phoned my mother to tell her I was in London studying English, she said, 'Wow!' But I could never tell my mother the truth. I can hardly admit it to myself."



This is an excerp from the book The Natasha's?
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Re: Sex Slavery , the shocking reality

Postby chimaera » Tue May 27, 2008 9:00 pm

Victor Malarek? Yes, I think so.
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Re: Sex Slavery , the shocking reality

Postby RedFury » Tue May 27, 2008 9:13 pm

thought it sounded familiar ----- the book is a real eye opener ---
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Re: Sex Slavery , the shocking reality

Postby chimaera » Tue May 27, 2008 9:44 pm

Agree. He's a great journalist.
Malarek's life is interesting, also.
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Re: Sex Slavery , the shocking reality

Postby 198abv » Wed May 28, 2008 2:16 am

This is an excerp from the book The Natasha's?


I think the story of this natasha was published originally in the evening standart.

I think Natasha is a very commom name in russia and it might well happen this natasha is not even called natasha.
( It is just a pseudonym ).

I did not read the Natasha book.
I found a excerpt of it I will post here.
I find all these stories unbelievable.
In a the europe of the human rights people can be sold and bought and kept enslaved.

If gangs were luring british and germans to africa enslaving them once they left europe I believe britain and germany would not be happy.

In fact that does happen when it comes to Ukranian , moldovian girls..., and european governments do nothing.

A few months ago the european parliament passed a resolution condemning sexual slavery.....wich took place 65 years ago ;( The so called confort women ).

Meanwhile in european cities, NOW there are thousands of sexual slaves but european governments do nothing to change the situation.

I think it is very important that people do talk about this situation.
Slavery took a lot of time to be abolished.
Before slavery was abolished many campaigns were necessary.

We are witnessing another case of slavery .
Only if these issues are highlighted there is some hope legislation will be passed so that this new kind of slavery does get abolished.
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CBS does buy slave for 1 800 USD in Bucarest,Romania

Postby 198abv » Wed May 28, 2008 8:55 am

Rescued From Sex Slavery
July 22, 2005(CBS) At night, the rooms above a building in downtown Bucharest resemble a scene straight from the 18th-century slave trades, and it's taking place in front of 48 Hours' hidden cameras.

There, Correspondent Peter Van Sant is negotiating to buy a human being – not for an hour, but forever. In this 48 Hours report that first aired last February, Van Sant infiltrates the billion-dollar business of human trafficking, a business that is worldwide.

Hundreds of thousands of young, desperate girls are trafficked each year as sex slaves. Some are lured overseas with the promise of a good job, only to be enslaved once they arrive. Others are simply abducted.

To investigate, 48 Hours traveled to Bucharest, Romania, with hidden cameras to find out if it was really possible to purchase a sex slave. Posing as traffickers from America, 48 Hours crews went undercover, hoping to rescue a victim of this insidious industry. To infiltrate this world, crews hired streetwise journalists Paul Radu and Daniel Neamu as guides.

Like many poor Eastern European countries, Romania has become a popular place for international traffickers looking to recruit, or even purchase, girls.

After dark, the 48 Hours team ventures into the older sectors of Bucharest, to see what money can buy. Within minutes, the crew finds what looks like the kind of pimping and prostitution you can see in any large city. But soon it is learned that some of these girls are for sale as slaves.

"You can buy 10 girls in one night, if you want to. You can say, 'I want a 13-, a 16-, a 17-, and a 21-year-old,' and you can buy them all like that," says Iana Matei, who runs a shelter for trafficking victims outside Bucharest.

Matei agreed to take in any girl that 48 Hours could rescue. "Young girls and women, bought and sold, first to work in prostitution. That's slavery. We choose to believe that they are prostitutes and we don't look into it," says Matei.

She says that many of the girls on the street look like prostitutes but are actually slaves, ready for purchase and export to western Europe or the United States.

"It's on the street. It's impossible not to see," says Matei. "It's not a secret industry. It's right in your face."

A woman named Francesca claims to have girls all over Bucharest. Over a meal, our undercover team explains to Francesca that it wants to buy her girls and bring them back to the United States. The team asks if the girls have the proper documents to cross the border.

"No problem," says Francesca, who is hungry to close the deal.

But 48 Hours decides to do business with another trafficker, Nadia, who says she has a young, blonde girl for sale.

Nadia brings out the girl, Nicoleta, to meet with Van Sant. She and her business partner and husband, Costel, put Nicoleta on display in the filthy apartment where she services clients.

To rescue Nicoleta, it is crucial that Van Sant and the 48 Hours team convincingly play the role of cold-hearted traffickers.

Nicoleta undresses. "They usually show the girls to see she doesn't have any marks, any skin disease so they can show she's good to be used," says Matei. "It's like when you, say, sell a cattle in the market."

"To you, it's a human being. To them, it's not," adds Matei. "To them, it's income. It's a way of making money."

Van Sant offers to pay $1,000 for Nicoleta, but suddenly there is a problem: Nicoleta doesn't have any ID on her. However, Costel assures 48 Hours that the issue will be resolved the next day.

The plan is to return to the traffickers' apartment the next day, buy Nicoleta for $1,000, and then bring her to Matei's shelter, and let Nicoleta reclaim her life.

But within minutes, negotiations hit a snag. Now, Nadia wants $2,000 for the sale. Why has the price doubled overnight? "Obviously, they understood that you are going to take her overseas," says Matei. "So she goes overseas, the price goes up $1,000."

Nadia says much of the money will support Nicoleta's family. In the end, Van Sant offers $1,800, and the deal is settled. But even though the traffickers haven't produced Nicoleta's ID, 48 Hours wants to get her out of there. Nicoleta leaves with only the clothes on her back.
Once in the car, 48 Hours hands over the rest of the cash. In less time than it takes to buy groceries, 48 Hours had bought a human being.

"I want you to know that you are absolutely safe with us," Van Sant tells Nicoleta. "You've got nothing to fear."

It's now a very difficult decision for Van Sant, who is trying to decide whether he should tell Nicoleta that the 48 Hours team are undercover reporters. He's concerned that Nicoleta might jump out of the car, think that he is lying to her, or believe that he is part of the authorities.

But Nicoleta is convinced that Van Sant is her new owner. During the drive, she tells 48 Hours that this is the first time she's been outside in more than a year. She says her owners brutally beat her, and that she was fed like a dog.

How did she become a slave? Nicoleta says her mother abandoned her at an orphanage: "Then, they threw me out. With no family, I didn't know where to go."

She says she eventually came to Bucharest, where she spent years living in the sewers and shantytowns with other young runaways. The traffickers found her by the side of a road. They promised her food and shelter. But they ended up making her bad world worse.

After nearly two hours of driving, Van Sant tells Nicoleta the truth: "We are journalists from the United States. We have bought you because we want to set you free."

Exhausted and a bit stunned, Nicoleta hugs our translator, and says: "I thank you from the bottom of my heart, that you saved me from that hell." 48 Hours arrives at Matei's shelter after midnight. Nicoleta gets a change of clothes and a hot meal.

How does Nicoleta look? "She is tired, obviously. Not well taken care of," says Matei. "She doesn't have self-worth, self-respect, self-esteem."

Matei says it will be months before Nicoleta trusts her enough to tell her the truth, but she isn't optimistic. "My first opinion is, it will be very difficult to work with her."

48 Hours says goodbye to Nicoleta, promising to check back in a few months. While Nicoleta is just beginning to deal with what she's endured in Romania, another young woman, more than 6,000 miles away in southern California, has spent years recovering from her dark journey.

48 Hours talked to Olga, 25, who's also a survivor of a million-dollar sex slave trafficking ring in Russia. Her ordeal began in 1999, in her hometown of Moscow, a growing supplier of sex slaves to the United States.

She was the perfect target for traffickers. Both her father and boyfriend had been murdered by the Russian mob. She was scared and desperate to get out.

A friend introduced her to a man named Alexander Rashkovsky, who was looking for girls to work in America. Rashkovsky offered Olga a chance at a new life: a job as an assistant and transportation to the United States.

"The only thing that I knew: that America is really secure, a person has rights," says Olga. "And everywhere would be pretty much safer than being in Moscow."

Jolene Smith, executive director of the Free the Slaves Foundation, says Rashkovsky's come-on is a typical tactic for a slave trader. "And then the harsh reality sets in. There are threats. And that's where the person realizes, 'I'm trapped. And there is nothing I can do.'"

After Rashkovsky spent the money on the plane tickets, he made it clear there was no backing out. "If anybody try to run away, he's not going to deal with you," says Olga. "'I'm just going to cut your head off.'"

Olga got on the plane with four other Russian girls. In that instant, they became the personal property of an international slave trader. Olga's plane, however, was headed to Mexico. Rashkovsky was planning to smuggle the women across the notoriously unsupervised border between Mexico and the United States. He brought the women to a hotel in Tijuana.

Olga, a consultant to 48 Hours on this report, returned to Mexico to retrace her steps. "It's just old memories," she says. "The older I get, the more scarier it is to think about what could happen to me."

Girls like Olga are sometimes put to work in Mexican strip clubs before heading north. But Mexico is more than just a transit country and training ground for Eastern Europeans. In its own right, Mexico is the no. 1 country providing slaves to the United States, accounting for the majority of federal trafficking cases.

Many girls come from the central Mexico region of Tlaxcala, an infamous haven for modern-day slave traders. Two years ago, Rosaria was kidnapped. She was 20.

"They had me working overnights. It was worse than prison," says Rosaria. "No freedom. Doing things I had never done before. It was like hell on earth."

Rosaria recently escaped from a Tijuana brothel before she could be taken from the border. "They told me they will kill me. They even threatened me with hurting my family, if I tried to escape," she says. "They told me that I was going to work in the United States. They had girls working over there already."

Many of those girls never return. 48 Hours met Elsa, one of the mothers of the missing. The last time she saw her daughter was on her 20th birthday, in June 2001.

Elsa claims that the people behind her daughter's disappearance are allegedly members of an well-known family of slave traders called the Carretos. She alleges that members of the Carretos abducted her daughter on her way to work, and eventually brought her daughter to the United States.

But first, Elsa says they brought her daughter to Calle Santo Tomas, one of the many brutal training grounds in Mexico where traffickers "break in" new girls like Rosaria.

Rosaria said she was beaten: "They just looked at me and told me to go to work. I was so scared of being killed, I did everything they wanted me to."

"One of the key tools that modern-day slaveholders today use is to break the person's will as soon as possible," says Smith. "The sooner the will is broken, in many cases, it's easier to transport that person. It's easier to force that person to work."

On Calle Santo Tomas, you can find dozens of girls, day and night, parading in a slow circle. A crowd of clients stands around them, while a vendor sells snacks. The pimps overseeing matters are suspicious of outsiders, but 48 Hours got in with hidden cameras.

The girls bring their clients into a warehouse-like structure, and the sex takes place inside filthy curtained cubicles. Elsa says her daughter was helpless: "They threaten the girls. They say, 'If you leave, I will kill your family. I will kill you and cut you to pieces.'"

But for Olga and the other Russian girls, a different version of the "training process" took place on their first night in Tijuana.

Rashkovsky brought some men to the hotel and began putting his new slaves to work. Olga convinces them she is too sick to perform, but she now sees a horrible future ahead of her. "He [Rashkovsky] wouldn't care at all," she says. "We could die, and he would probably step over us and keep walking."

And now, just as Elsa is determined to free her daughter, Olga is determined to escape. "This is my chance," says Olga.

The border crossing between Tijuana and California is the busiest land border in the world. Rashkovsky was behind the wheel, and Olga and another Russian woman were passengers on the road to becoming Rashkovsky's newest sex slaves in America.

But first, they had to pass the last obstacle: getting through the border checkpoint.

Olga, who at the time didn't speak any English, was given a two-word crash course in English by Rashkovsky: "Yes. U.S." It was something she would have to say at the border.

"I knew that it wasn't easy to cross the border, so as soon as I get there, I should try to escape," says Olga.

When the car pulled up to the border guard, Olga made her move. "I just hope they were going to stop our car," she says.

She began speaking in Russian, and says Rashkovsky was furious. But her gamble worked. Everyone was ordered out of the car by the border patrol, and detained. Rashkovsky was questioned on video, and tried to convince his interrogators that he had just met the girls in Tijuana.

But it didn't work. "An older gentleman in the company of two young females who had heavy Russian accents, you know, just didn't pass the litmus test," says Special Agent Mike Unzueta, who worked the Rashkovsky case for the Department of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, known as "ICE."

Rashkovsky was arrested for attempting to smuggle human beings across the border.

"He was basically a monster," says Olga. "Really a monster. That's him."

Investigators later learned the ugly truth: Rashkovsky had raked in more than a million dollars, trafficking young Russians into the Los Angeles area.

"The money that they were making was going right into Rashkovsky's pocket," says Unzueta. "These women basically were going to be treated as slaves."

Olga was taken to a safe house in San Diego and placed in protective custody. She was one of the lucky few to be saved before she was forced into slavery. Sadly, it was totally different for Elsa's daughter. Members of the Carreto crime family of Tlaxcala, Mexico, brought Elsa's daughter and other girls all the way to Queens, N.Y.

"In New York, threats, force, violence, rape used to force these Mexican women into prostitution, six, seven days a week," says ICE Director Mike Garcia.

For years, ICE agents have been investigating the pipeline that brings Mexican girls to the quiet Queens neighborhood where members of the Carreto family were running their operation.

48 Hours sent an undercover researcher into the Latino neighborhood in Queens, where Elsa's daughter was brought. He soon finds a pimp who steers him around the block and down into a basement.

Under the careful eyes of their keepers, the girls are working in two small rooms, separated by a bed sheet.

"When we think of how trafficking victims are surviving within our own countries today, I can only imagine that it's something like this," says Smith, who was shown the undercover tape. "What's interesting to note about this particular case is that it seems to be happening in a middle-class residential area. This further proves the point that we all need to be vigilant. This could be happening next door."

At another popular location, a girl tells the undercover researcher that she is 22 and from Vera Cruz, Mexico. He asks the men running the place if they have anyone younger. They promise him a 16-year-old girl.

48 Hours can't say for sure if these girls are being held against their will, but when Elsa's daughter got her first chance to call Mexico, she contacted her mother and pleaded for help.

"She was afraid because she had been threatened," says Elsa. "And I cried very much when I heard her voice."

Despite the danger of speaking out against members of the Carreto family, Elsa was not intimidated. She went public with her story in the New York Times magazine, and filed a complaint with the Mexican federal police.

"I saw the way to find justice. I made the move," she says. "But I still worry a lot about my daughter."

Elsa's determination paid off. Members of the Carreto family were arrested last year. Authorities say they eventually will be going to trial in New York.

Elsa's daughter was rescued and now assisting in the investigation. She hopes to be reunited with her mother.

Slave trader Alexander Rashkovsky ended up in prison in California after Olga testified against him at trial. He died of pneumonia behind bars in 2003.

Olga was allowed to stay in the United States under a special visa the federal government offers to victims of trafficking. Today, Olga is pursuing a college degree in the United States.

As for Nicoleta, the girl that 48 Hours bought in Bucharest for $1,800 and then freed? 48 Hours returned to Romania three months later to find out how she's doing. She's still in recovery at Iana Matei's shelter for trafficked girls.

"She's doing better than I expected her to do, honestly," says Matei. "She's doing quite well in the shelter."

For the first time in her life, Nicoleta has people around her who care. "They're a really good family," she says.

And they are her only family. It has taken months for Matei to learn the true details of Nicoleta's life, including her true age, 26. She believes that Nicoleta, homeless and mentally challenged, was picked up by traffickers and spent years as a sex slave.

Just the mention of her past life reduces Nicoleta to tears.

48 Hours went back to the apartment where Nicoleta was held captive, to confront her former owners, Nadia and Costel, but they were nowhere to be found. The traffickers seemingly melted into the back alleys of Bucharest, as Nicoleta picks up the pieces of her shattered life.

"I was quite impressed, honestly," says Matei. "I am pleased to say there is hope for Nicoleta."

Today, it's the simple pleasures of freedom that make Nicoleta happy, like having her own room, working in the shelter's tailoring shop, and being able to walk outside. Now, perhaps for the first time, she can look forward to the future.

"I want to learn to read and get a job," says Nicoleta. "And maybe one day have a family."

Shortly after this 48 Hours broadcast first aired in February, Nicoleta disappeared from the shelter. No one has seen her since.

Six members of the Carreto crime ring have pleaded guilty to all counts in their federal sex trafficking case in New York City.

Elsa's daughter now has her own job and home in the United States. Elsa visited her this spring.

There are an estimated 4,600 women currently held in the United States as sex slaves.
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Re: Sex Slavery , the shocking reality

Postby 198abv » Wed May 28, 2008 9:05 am

While Romania is a center of slave trade...., the European Union condemns the country because it did fail to give the european comission enought information about......, the CIA flights.
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EU rebukes Poland and Romania over rendition role

* Mark Tran and agencies
* guardian.co.uk,
* Friday February 22 2008

The European commission today rebuked Poland and Romania for their late responses to requests to clarify their role in the US extraordinary rendition programme.

The EU justice and home affairs commissioner, Franco Frattini, wrote to Warsaw and Bucharest last July urging them to conduct in-depth inquiries into the findings by the European parliament indicating their complicity in extraordinary rendition – the controversial practice of transporting terror suspects to secret locations where they risk being tortured. ".


THE SCANDAL is..., the passage of terror suspects through romania.

It is because europe does turn a blind eye to slavery that such scourge does exist.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2008/feb/22/poland.eu


If political will exist authorities would be able to stop slavery immediately.

All was necessary was to condemn whoever helps prostitution of foreign citizens ( or foreigners that engage in such help ) , to harsh prison sentences, 20 years in jail without parole.

pimps would think twice before
enslaving foreign girls in EU countries
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