The Beast Of Eastern Europe Essay

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“All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing” – Edmund Burke
When we think of slavery today, our minds usually drift off into colonial America, where slavery was not only condoned but seen as a way of life by many. Slavery has since been banned in America, and all around the world. With that said, however, slavery still exists in all areas of the world. As a society of predominantly “good men” and women, we have done nothing – or very little – about a demon that plagues all of Eastern Europe, and whose influence spans the entire globe. These demons are the Ukraine sex syndicates that comb the countryside of former soviet nations for fresh prey. They are efficient, ruthless and brutal in each step of the trafficking process, from the recruiters to the brothel owners. They threaten, beat and rape their victims into submission. Even the local police are powerless to stop these atrocities. It is said One quarter of all women trafficked globally are taken illegally from Central and Eastern Europe as well as the former Soviet Block countries. Officials estimate that in Europe alone this affects more than 200,000 women and girls, half of which end up in Western Europe and one fourth in the United States.[1] Most end up working as enslaved prostitutes, with no chance of a bright future. With very little public awareness about the issue, little to no support and protection for victums, and barley any enforcement of anti trafficking laws, it seems that unless society at large rises up to combat the challenge there is no hope for these poor women
The Ukraine hasn’t always been a major hub for sex traffic, it has grown to rival Thailand, where sex tourism is infamous. In 1991, with the collapse of the Soviet Union and the end of Communism, freedom and reform were in the air. This good feeling did not last, however, as many were soon left without jobs. Under Communism, there had always been a way to work and make a living. But many people were not prepared to find their way in a fledgling capitalist system. Businesses closed, and government jobs evaporated. Capitalism also created opportunities for those who could seize it. Former communist officials and organized crime figures exploited these opportunities and the power that came with them. While many were already dealing in guns and arms, they began to see the biggest payout of them all -- human trafficking.
Sadly these economic hardships are still prevalent today, and that’s how the traffickers trap their victims. Poverty leads to desperation, and a desperate woman is ready to jump on any opportunity for escape. The recruiters will snatch them with promises of false job pretenses, such as housekeeping for an Italian manor or a position in a French restaurant. They employ false ads and have many recruiters that are good friends/family to these girls. A study conducted in Ukraine in the late 1990s revealed that ¾ of girls ages ten to nineteen conveyed a strong desire to work...

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