Trafficking for Sexual Exploitation

The Case of the Russian Federation

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Trafficking in human beings has become one of the most serious problems in the Russian Federation. Trafficking in women is now a multi-billion dollar industry and a key source of revenue for Russian organized crime groups. The study examines the patterns and growth of this illegal activity in Russia, Europe and worldwide.



Poverty and unemployment – the context in which trafficking has developed

The break-up of the Soviet Union eliminated most of the systems and infrastructures that provided social safety nets and a minimal standard of living for the Russian population. In the transition to a market economy production has fallen, there has been substantial capital flight and foreign investment has been minimal. All of this has resulted in economic instability and newly impoverished populations, accompanied by high unemployment, unpaid wages, savings lost or spent on subsistence, and little hope of change.


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