But beneath the buzzing, celebratory atmosphere lies a black market of human misery. Major sporting events including the World Cup , the Olympics , and the Super Bowl always spark warnings over an influx of trafficked workers, many of whom are the victims of forced prostitution. But experts dispute whether such events intensify the problem of human trafficking. Concrete figures are notoriously elusive. Whether or not the numbers have increased dramatically during the World Cup, Russia is no stranger to human sex trafficking. In the Soviet era, there were no laws against the practice, and public discussion about sexuality and prostitution was taboo until the late s. As trafficking soared in Russia in the s, foreign and domestic NGOs and some Western governments put pressure on the Duma — the Russian parliament — to pass anti-trafficking legislation. In , President Vladimir Putin introduced laws making human trafficking a crime. Activists say the absence of legislation makes it almost impossible to incriminate a trafficker.
Two Russian beauty pageant contestants have been arrested at Moscow Airport for allegedly duping an year-old female student. It's believed they had agreed a huge fee with a buyer in a Middle Eastern country for her to be sold as a sex slave. The student had been tricked into believing she had a job as a nanny in the unnamed country. As the Sun reports , it's likely the teenager would have had her passport confiscated before being forced into prostitution. The two women detained by police are Ksenia Starikova, 22, and Tatiana Petrova, They have been charged with human trafficking and could face up to six years in jail. Starikova, who runs a modelling agency, has been kept in custody while Petrova is under house arrest. The older women is a Mrs Russia finalist and mother of one. Videos show the two women hiding their faces as they are detained by police at Moscow's Domodedovo Airport. They were caught by police, who carried out a sting operation, posing as buyers for the year-old student.
One of the most enduring ones is the association of Russian women with something easily available, cheap or otherwise lacking dignity. Russia towers over all others. Then there are the Eastern-European mail-order brides - women seeking a better life outside the former Soviet Union. Obviously, this could be just user-targeted content advertising triggered by my Google search.
Skip to content. Skip to navigation. The Russian Federation is a major sending country for women trafficked into sex industries around the world. Russian women are known to be in sex industries in over 50 different countries Global Survival Network, The number of women who have become victims of this criminal trade is unknown, but are estimated to be in the hundreds of thousands International Organization for Migration [IOM], Women are recruited from sending countries, such as Russia, by various means, but upon reaching the destination country, they find that the promised job or circumstances is really prostitution under brutal and exploitative circumstances. The traffickers and pimps control women by confiscating their travel documents, battering, rape, threats to harm them or family members, and debt bondage Hughes, Trafficking is an activity of Russian organized crime groups and their partners that operate prostitution and trafficking rings throughout Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and North America Global Organized Crime Project, , p. Corruption of officials through bribes and even collaboration of officials in criminal networks enables traffickers to operate locally and transnationally.