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Human Rights Issues in Eurasia / Правовые Вопросы В Регионах Евразии

Human Trafficking On US Agenda For Trip To Moldova, Russia

Posted by Info on 09/03/2011

According to the 2010 U.S. State Department Trafficking in Persons Report, Moldova is a source country and at times a destination and transit country for people subject to forced labor and forced prostitution, while Russia is a source, transit and destination country for such individuals.

Recruiters often target women and girls from the lower rungs of the socioeconomic ladder, luring them with promises of jobs abroad in a bid to force them into sexual slavery.

Once arriving at their destination, which can be overseas or within their nation of origin, victims are held against their will and forced to provide sexual services for several clients per day, for which they receive no pay. Resistance can result in severe beatings and other types of torture, and pimps and traffickers use threats against victims’ families to prevent them from escaping.

Victims can also be enslaved as laborers, working grueling hours in harsh conditions for no pay and often under the threat of violence.

Forced labor cases have been seen in nations worldwide, including the United States, which is a source, transit and destination country for people subject to forced labor and forced prostitution.

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