A horse in the large grass fields in Moldova.

Destitute immigrants are easy prey for human traffickers.

Shattered Dreams

July 2010, Zahl 01.03

“Each year, more than 1.2 million people worldwide become victims of human trafficking, UNICEF reported. Traffickers lure people with promises of legitimate work, good wages and the hope of starting a new life, and then exploit them. Some of these victims, including thousands of children, end up in forced labor camps or in the shadowy world of sexual slavery.

Moldova is one of Europe’s poorest countries. It has one of the continent’s worst human trafficking problems, Inter Press Service reported in 2009. About one-quarter of the nation’s young workers work abroad, the Epoch Times reported in April 2009, citing Moldova’s government records. According to the International Organization for Migration, or IOM, most of these people leave to escape poverty and the lack of support by government agencies in the nation; most of the victims of human trafficking fall prey to sexual exploitation and forced labor, mainly in Turkey and Russia...”

Excerpt from per Concordiam Staff, “Shattered Dreams,” per Concordiam: Journal of European Security Defense Issues 1, No. 3, 2010: 56-59.

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