Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Russian: Girls Trapped in Sex-Slave Nightmare

RUSSIA - Thousands of Russian girls living abroad are being forced to work as sex slaves. The United States says Russia is one of the world's main sources of trafficked women. Tough new laws are in place to tackle the problem, but for many the living hell of sex slavery goes on.

Despite living in the 21st century, many young women from Russia discover, usually too late, that the slave trade has yet to be abolished.

Nineteen-year-old Christina knows too well what the world of modern slavery is all about. It's a world where women are just another commodity.

Two years ago, as an orphan from a poor Russian village, she was lured by the promise of big bucks in St Petersburg. She didn't realise she would end up in a brothel.

Eighteen months later the police raided the brothel. She was saved. Then in co-operation with the authorities, she helped uncover the trafficking ring. But this meant reliving her nightmare.


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