Frontline: Season 24, Episode 2

The Real Sex Traffic (7 Feb. 2006)
"Sex Slaves" (original title)

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A documentary exposé inside the global sex slave trade in women from the former Soviet Bloc.

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Sex Slaves is a gripping documentary expose inside the global sex trade in women from the former Soviet Bloc. The film takes viewers into the shadowy, multi-billion dollar world of sex trafficking. Part cinema verité, part investigation, Sex Slaves puts a human face on this most inhuman of contemporary issues. From the villages of Moldova and Ukraine, to underground brothels and discotheques in Turkey where many women are trafficked and forced into prostitution, we witness first-hand the brutal world of white sex slavery. Written by Anonymous

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She's been sold into the brothels of Turkey. Our cameras are there.

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Enraging!
12 July 2006 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

This is one of those works that really makes you reconsider the Taliban. After watching Sex Slaves I wonder if a radical Islamic dictatorship is just what the doctor ordered for Russia, Ukraine and Turkey where corruption reigns so supremely a person can sell an ordinary woman, practically off the street, into sexual slavery for $1000, transport her to another country and end up on probation by the state because a corrupt judge 'understood the case'.

The main focus of Sex Slaves is a young man, whose wife of a year, was sold to a vicious Turkish pimp by an acquaintance. The man tracks her to Turkey and tries to recover her. His journey is almost unwatchably tense.

To just put yourself in his position, for even a moment, will make you so distressed, you might become physical ill.

If this documentary, which recently aired on the CBC in Canada, doesn't make you enraged about the evils of capitalism or human greed and cruelty, nothing will. There are several face to face interviews in this work with pimps, men and women, who freely admit to raping, selling, pimping and torturing women for profit. There are also several first-hand stories from women who somehow escaped.

Although this is a very important, serious work about one of the most critical and pressing issues of our times, I advise that if you suffer from depression or are easily upset, you should probably not watch this documentary. It's content will haunt you for years.

Kudos, however, to the brave filmmakers for making this vital documentary.


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