The Natashas: The Horrific Inside Story of Slavery, Rape, and Murder in the Global Sex Trade

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On the black market, they’re the third most profitable commodity, after illegal weapons and drugs. The only difference is that these goods are human, to their handlers they are wholly expendable. They are women and girls, some as young as twelve, from all over the Eastern Bloc, where sinister networks of organized crime have become entrenched in the aftermath of the collapse of the Communist regimes.

In Israel, they’re called Natashas, whether they’re actually from Russia, ...

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Overview

On the black market, they’re the third most profitable commodity, after illegal weapons and drugs. The only difference is that these goods are human, to their handlers they are wholly expendable. They are women and girls, some as young as twelve, from all over the Eastern Bloc, where sinister networks of organized crime have become entrenched in the aftermath of the collapse of the Communist regimes.

In Israel, they’re called Natashas, whether they’re actually from Russia, Bosnia, the Czech Republic, or Ukraine. Lured into vans and onto airplanes with promises of jobs as waitresses, models, nannies, dishwashers, maids, and dancers, they are then stripped of their identification, and their brutal nightmare begins. They are sold into prostitution and kept enslaved; those who resist are beaten, raped, and sometimes killed. They often have nowhere to turn. In many cases, the men who should be rescuing them—immigration officials, police officers, or international peacekeepers—are among their most hostile aggressors. The worldwide traffic in human beings is already a crisis of epic proportions, and it continues to grow. Victor Malarek here exposes the global phenomenon of sexual trafficking, a form of twenty-first century slavery and a multibillion-dollar industry whose scope has, until now, remained largely unknown. The Natashas is an indispensable and startling call to action to seek out institutional corruption and to put a stop to this heinous crime against humanity.

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“Required reading.”
Chicago Sun-Times

Impassioned . . . . An intensely affecting read.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781611453263
  • Publisher: Arcade Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/1/2011
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 501,127
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Victor Malarek is a journalist with extensive television and print experience. He is the author of four books, including The Johns and The Natashas. He lives in Toronto, Ontario.
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Table of Contents

"Oh, Natasha! Natasha!" xi

Introduction: The Fourth Wave 1

1 Smugglers' Prey 9

2 The Breaking Grounds 29

3 Criminal Intent 45

4 Click of a Mouse 73

5 Daring Souls 99

6 A Matter of Indifference 119

7 For a Fistful of Dollars 135

8 Bosnian Nights 157

9 Strap on Your Six-Guns 185

10 The Sheriff's Playground 209

Conclusion: Stop the Traffic! 257

Epilogue 269

Acknowledgments 289

Index 291

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  • Posted October 7, 2011

    Heartbreaking

    I learned of the author and this book from PBS Frontline. I thought he did a good job in shedding light on this horrific crime against humanity. It outrages and sickens me that tens of billion dollars are made off these girls' bodies and souls - literally. Their only crime was being born into desperate poverty and having been too naive. And it appalled me to realize the depth of corruption (e.g. so-called UN peacekeepers and American countractors participating in the abuse), indifference, and racism ("better these foreigners than our girls") that perpetuate and abet this cycle of torture and abuse. I was also depressed to learn that the human trafficking has worsened since the book was written. I hope to do my little part in ending this modern-day slavery by looking into and supporting organizations such as Polaris Project, la Strada and IOM Counter-Trafficking.

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