I interviewed and photographed girls who had escaped. Others were taken as far as the United Arab Emirates, lured by the promise of legitimate jobs and a brighter future.
Once they arrived in the new country, they were priced and sold, and their documents taken away. I grew up in Eastern Europe and met Vika on my second reporting trip to Moldova.
The point is that it is illegal to have sex outside of marriage, not to have sex at all.The young women told me they were forced to service mechanics, soldiers, priests, butchers, tourists, and even U. (You can hear Vika's story in the Flash Point slideshow, Moldova: The Price of Sex.) She told me she had been trafficked to Dubai, at times serving 30 clients a day.She quickly learned the only English words necessary to keep her owner from hitting her: "How much? " Once, without plastic, her luck ran out and she got pregnant. Her pimp kept her working for the duration of her pregnancy. Chakarova is the recipient of the 2003 Dorothea Lange Fellowship for documentary photography and the 2005 Magnum Photos Inge Morath Award for her photo work on trafficking in Eastern Europe, which she has reported on for the last four years. Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism for 10 years.