But that is not because their numbers are really going down, says Kostyuk of Faith, Hope, Love.
The poverty and general hopelessness in many villages of eastern Ukraine, Moldova and Romania now run so deep especially in the wake of the financial crisis that the promise of a bordell bad lauterberg job as a prostitute abroad is enough to get the vast majority of trafficked.The conditions were just about perfect.Still, says Kostyuk, "the trend in trafficking isn't going down, because the more intensely we work to stop them, the better they seem to adapt." (See what happens in sex rehab.)."They want to see the men, the pimps, the manipulators behind all of this.Officially, the number of trafficked women who go through the city each year has dropped by more than half since a peak in 2006.On a hot Sunday night, a car pulls over in the port of Odessa, southern Ukraine."Yeah, like the Statue of Liberty adds another girl, and the group of them erupts into laughter."Don't be confused she says.After a few weeks off in Odessa or wherever they call home, they're shipped out again.
A Ukrainian prostitute in Berlin, related, email, reprints.It took less than a decade after the collapse of the Soviet Union for Odessa to become a hub for the international sex trade.See time's Pictures of the Week.About 30 girls swarm around it, posing in the glare of its headlights.For them, this is basically downtime.Within a minute, two girls have hopped into the car and the rest go back to chatting and dragging on their cigarettes.As recently as 2006, their most common method of recruitment was to send scouts into the nearby towns to lure girls back to the port with false promises of work abroad as a dancer in Paris or a waitress in Dubai and then force them.Over a traditional Odessan meal of steamed crayfish, a lieutenant colonel in the internal-affairs department tells time that police offer protection to the mamachki for a monthly fee."She finds the girls who are in a tough spot and tells them how much money they can make turning tricks in a foreign country.".
The driver's window rolls down and a female pimp known by the girls, almost lovingly, as a mamachka leans inside to negotiate a price.