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The Real Sex Traffic 

Sex Slaves (original title)
A documentary exposé inside the global sex slave trade in women from the former Soviet Bloc.
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Episode credited cast:
Ric Esther Bienstock Ric Esther Bienstock ... Herself
Felix Golubev Felix Golubev ... Himself
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Will Lyman ... Narrator (voice)


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.






Canada | Ukraine | Turkey


Russian | English

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7 February 2006 (USA) See more »

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The Real Sex Traffic See more »

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Eye-Opening Documentary
3 March 2019 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

Okay, because of the title, I tuned in expecting to be titillated. But no sir'ee, no soft core here. Instead, it's a 90-minute blistering documentary on sex trafficking from Ukraine and Moldova-- former parts of the Soviet Union-- to Europe, Canada, and mainly to Turkey. The main thread focuses on a Ukrainian couple whose wife (Katia) is tricked into going to Turkey with promises of needed employment and money to send home. Instead, she's forced into prostitution, having to service dozens of men per day! Once her husband learns of her predicament, he maneuvers as best he can to free her. But the odds are stacked against him. Thus an element of suspense enters into the film. At the same time, the lives of other trusting women tricked in similar fashion make up further documentary threads. All speak in their own words, thus adding notes of unrehearsed poignancy to overall impact. Perhaps just as scathing is the degree of general unconcern on the part of authorities. It's like they're thinking that at least the women have found employment, brutal though it is.

All in all, I'm glad I misjudged the title. I had no idea the sex trafficking is as prevalent as it is (numbers are furnished). So catch up with the real life confessions if you haven't already. They're real eye-openers.

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