Moscow's illegal flesh markets are flourishing, with up to 30 women at each pickup point, or tochka, standing in order of price for the night. Aid workers for groups fighting for women's rights say Moscow is witnessing a surge in prostitution, including forced prostitution, as a result of Russia's booming economy. They say thousands of young women are made to work as sex slaves on the city's streets, unable to escape from the ruthless and violent criminal gangs who traffic them. To investigate the thriving trade, CNN went undercover posing as potential customers and gained access to speak directly to the prostitutes and their pimps.
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By Reuters Nov 17, Dakar - Nigeria has jailed three family members for forcing a teenager into prostitution in Russia, the country's anti-trafficking agency said on Tuesday, as officials and prosecutors hailed a rare prison sentence for human traffickers. For decades, scores of Nigerian women and girls have been targeted by traffickers, sent to Europe with promises of work, then trapped in debt bondage and forced to sell sex. They arranged her travel documents and said she would work in a hair salon in Russia. The mother, Helen Ehiozee, collected nail clippings and hair from the victim as part of a "juju" ritual that made her believe she would be cursed if she fled. The victim paid off her debt after several years and returned to Nigeria, where her testimony helped police identify the traffickers, the agency said. State Department's annual trafficking report, which said fines were sometimes given instead of jail terms because judges were unfamiliar with anti-trafficking laws.
Russia's sex slave industry thrives, rights groups say
They came from Huynh Thi Be-Huong in the last week who was reaching out to her sister, using the cellphone of a couple who she claims forced her to work as a sex slave at a Russian brothel for more than a year. The couple, she said, was holding her hostage after she briefly escaped and reported them to the police, according to documents and interviews with human rights officials in Houston who are investigating the case. The Vietnamese woman's increasingly desperate family in Texas has pleaded for help from Houston-based members of Congress, Vietnamese government officials and human rights activists, according to letters and emails provided to the Chronicle by the non-profit Boat People SOS - a U.
The Global Slavery Index estimates that , people lived in conditions of modern slavery in Russia on any given day in , reflecting a prevalence rate of 5. Eighty-three of those were confirmed as victims of trafficking in persons and slave labour, and were child victims of trafficking or other types of sexual exploitation. Additionally, 1, individuals were prosecuted, and 1, individuals were convicted for trafficking or trafficking-related offences in Forced labour in Russia predominantly occurs in informal and less regulated industries.