Each year, thousands and thousands of females from Central and Eastern Europe while the previous Soviet Union are lured into the western with claims of work and a far better life. Instead, most are offered into slavery and prostitution as victims of individual trafficking rings making use of ladies from nations like Russia, Belarus, Moldova, and Romania to provide sex companies around the world. In this to begin a two-part show, RFE/RL correspondent Alexandra Poolos looks at worldwide efforts to combat the growing crisis.

Prague, 23 might 2001 (RFE/RL) — it really is extremely difficult to learn just just exactly how lots of women are offered each year into individual trafficking bands for intimate exploitation. But international agencies and federal government bodies calculate that more than one million ladies and girls every year are offered into prostitution and sex-industry bands in Asia, america, Western Europe therefore the center East. Thousands and thousands of those, specialists say, originate from Central and Eastern Europe in addition to previous Soviet Union.

Niurka Peineiro is really a spokeswoman when it comes to Overseas Organization for Migration, or IOM.

She claims the Balkans are becoming a prime location for crime bands trafficking in ladies from neighboring Central and Eastern European nations: “that which we’ve present in days gone by 12 months is an increase, particularly in the Balkans. It is dramatic. We have been assisting ladies from every one of Eastern Europe, specially Moldova, Ukraine, Romania. These make up nearly all the females which can be being trafficked towards the Balkans — particularly, as an example, to Macedonia, to Kosovo, to Bosnia-Herzegovina. (more…)