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Matroesjka's 

Each year hundreds of women are taken from their homes and forced into a life of prostitution and sexual slavery. This is the story of ten of them. A Belgian criminal gang head east to ... See full summary »

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Guy Goossens, Mark Punt
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Axel Daeseleire ...  Jan Verplancke 20 episodes, 2005-2008
Manou Kersting ...  Danny Bols 20 episodes, 2005-2008
Indre Jaraite Indre Jaraite ...  Inesa 19 episodes, 2005-2008
Luk Wyns ...  Eddy Stoefs / ... 19 episodes, 2005-2008
Peter Van den Begin ...  Raymond Van Mechelen / ... 16 episodes, 2005-2008
Veerle Dejonghe Veerle Dejonghe ...  Esther Van De Walle / ... 15 episodes, 2005-2008
Tom Van Dyck ...  Vincent Dockx 14 episodes, 2005-2008
Hilde Heijnen ...  Laura Keyser / ... 14 episodes, 2005-2008
Evgenia Brik ...  Kalinka 12 episodes, 2005-2008
Frank Aendenboom ...  John Dockx 13 episodes, 2005-2008
Peter Thyssen Peter Thyssen ...  Rudi Sierens 11 episodes, 2005-2008
Zemyna Asmontaite Zemyna Asmontaite ...  Daria 10 episodes, 2005
Stany Crets ...  Clem De Donder 10 episodes, 2005-2008
Chalita Chaisaeng Chalita Chaisaeng ...  Pat 10 episodes, 2006-2008
Viktorya Kosova Viktorya Kosova ...  Nastya 10 episodes, 2006-2008
Dirk van Dijck ...  Bob Sels 10 episodes, 2006-2008
Lyubov Tolkalina Lyubov Tolkalina ...  Olga 9 episodes, 2005-2008
Tharinee Songkiatthana Tharinee Songkiatthana ...  Thip 9 episodes, 2006-2008
Bruno Vanden Broecke ...  Tony Grooven 9 episodes, 2007-2008
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Each year hundreds of women are taken from their homes and forced into a life of prostitution and sexual slavery. This is the story of ten of them. A Belgian criminal gang head east to Lithuania to recruit young women desperate to leave their impoverished lives. Promising a glamorous life as members of a stage dance troupe, the girls are eager to sign up. From the training in Cyprus, to the strip clubs and illegal brothers in Belgium, the girls from the start are forced into a life of rape, abuse, murder and misery. The police are slow and corrupt, and the gangsters are always one step ahead of the law. Written by GORAS

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Just dancing, they said.

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Crime | Drama

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Belgium

Release Date:

5 January 2005 (Belgium) See more »

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Matroesjka's 2 See more »

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BEF 150,000,000 (estimated)
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(10 episodes)

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The Belgian makers couldn't understand the language the girls were speaking, so they had to hire some translators to verify if the girls were following the script. See more »

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Very difficult subject - and a well done series
12 August 2005 | by Shaolin_ApuSee all my reviews

This fine Belgian series deals with an issue that has become so common in today's Europe. Eastern European girls and women are promised a decent job in the West, but they end up as prostitutes. Girls' credulity and and poor conditions in homeland lead its victims into modern slave trade business. It will be very easy to guess where the word 'slave' has come as it did not originally mean 'slave'.

Girls who have ended up into business have no other chance than to obey their masters and this is also shown in the series. There are however some cunning girls who attempt to escape their fate, but not much is there to do. Girls also have different attitudes towards their work. Yes - there are some, like a Russian girl named Kalinka, who don't think it's eventually bad to become stripper, if they have it no way better at home. But there are also girls like Lithuanian Daria, who is totally against the business and only wants to get back home. Some girls think they have found a boyfriend in their pimps, but are unfortunately mistaken. They all realize before long that they are just used for the business like batteries and then thrown away.

I've never seen anything like this on television and it may well be my first Belgian series I ever seen. Matroesjka's category is crime, but it presents the crime from victims viewpoint. It gives a completely different view to the world of prostitution than Boogie Nights does., though both are great in their own sense. Matroesjka's does not contain moralizing overtones, for it just tells a plain story of these women. There are even found 'goodies' in the pimps too, or lesser evils anyway. Everything in Matroesjka's is very enjoyable viewing, for some of the girls are really cool when they try to rise above their inhuman conditions.


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