Billion Dollar Business

Number 18843
Subject Prostitution
Source CBS News 60 Minutes
State NY
Year 2001
Publication Date June 1
Summary CBS News reports on the illegal trafficking of women from Eastern Europe to Italian brothels. Christiane Amanpour from CNN, on a special assignment for 60 Minutes, tells the stories of young girls who have been recruited from bankrupt ex-socialist countries. They have been lured with promises for decent job or marriage abroad, and then sold and resold in the prostitution "cattle market." The police in the girls' home countries - Moldova, Romania, Ukraine - is aware of the illegal recruiting but is too corrupt to take any measures. Few of the victims manage to escape due to the help of Italian priests. Some find help in a shelter funded by the U.S. and Swiss governments and run by Ken Patterson from Missouri. Still, most victims remain ensnared "in an underworld controlled by ruthless gangs."
Category Contest Entry
Pages 6
Keywords TAPE;TRANSCRIPT;Mafia;gangs;violence;organized crime;Albania;Vlora;poverty;post-communism;human rights
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