CNN had a nice article about the horrors of the Russian sex industry. The situation in Russia isn't unlike the problems in many countries that don't attempt to regulate or control prostitution in any meaningful way. Still, some of the details are tough to read:
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.
At this center, Christine, a 27-year-old Nigerian woman, tells how she acquired a painful 4-inch scar across her right cheek. She says she was lured to Russia from Nigeria four years ago by her uncle. He promised to give her a college education, she says.
But instead, she says, he sent her to a Moscow brothel. He told her "the kind of job I'm going to be doing is prostitution."
"I ask him, 'Why prostitution? Why not another job to pay the money?' He says I didn't speak the language. I cannot do any other job."
She added, "It made me feel very bad. I felt that I'm not going to do it over my dead body."
But when she tried to run away, her uncle cut her face, says Christine, who asked that her last name not be used.
"He made me know that if I don't cooperate with him, something bad will happen to me -- that if I made an attempt to run away, it would end in taking my life. So I was really scared about that," she said.