Women in Eastern Europe Caught in Sex Trade

Tens of thousands of young Eastern European women are being lured into the sex trade by criminals who are making enormous profits. By coercing them into leaving the poverty of their own countries, like Bosnia and Macedonia, for a better life in Western Europe, these criminals deceive women into becoming prostitutes and then enslave and abuse these women. The International Organization for Migration reports that at least 300,000 women from Eastern Europe work as prostitutes in Western Europe, while the U.N. and other sources estimate that indirect global profits from the sex trade range from 7 billion to 12 billion dollars a year. The success of the criminals who engage in and support the Eastern European sex trade is linked to the cooperation of many corrupt government officials in the former Yugoslav federation, who share in the profits.


Washington Post 25 July 2000

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