The Pattern of Sex Trafficking Orphans in Moldova

28 May

Blog post by Angela B., Team Moldova 2011

Moldova has been called the “engine of the sex industry” and unfortunately children are usually used as the fuel for this  “engine”.  Most often  orphans are the ones targeted by sex traffickers and the U.S State Department has reported a “pattern of trafficking” involving orphans in Moldova.  The girls at risk are those who have to leave the orphanages at 16 or 17.  They are given a little bit of money and a bus ticket. Orphanage directors sometimes sell information to traffickers on which girls will be getting out and when.  The traffickers then wait for the girls with false promises of good jobs, money, and nice places to stay.  The girls fall into the lies because they are trying to find a better life.  Instead, the girls are enslaved and tortured and eventually ends up being sold for sex, often in a different country. Boys are also at risk, it is just not as common.

 There are over 250 brothels in the capital city of Chisinau and many of their workers are girls who leave the orphanages.  Over 10 percent are under 18 years old and some as young as 12 years old.  Sixty percent of girls who “graduate” from orphanages end up as prostitutes either because they are forced to or because they do not know of another way to make money.

 In some government orphanages, children have been “borrowed” for child pornography.  They are forced to engage in acts with other children or adults.  These pornography rings have been traced to sites that are popular with pedophiles in the United States. In some cases, orphanage directors have been threatened by organized crime syndicates to give them children to prostitute or produce pornography with.  If the director refuses, his or her own family may be threatened. 

 The issues of sex trafficking, prostitution, and pedophilia are very evident in Moldova. It is comforting to know that our God is stronger and brighter than all of the darkness and with His guidance I know we can make an impact dealing with these issues.

Angela will be serving on the Moldova Journey 117 Team leaving in June 2011.

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One Response to “The Pattern of Sex Trafficking Orphans in Moldova”

  1. stef June 15, 2011 at 10:34 am #

    May God bless you and keep you well Angela. May His love be seen in you to every child you meet. May His hope be passed on to the hopeless. May His provision be passed on to the poor. May His healing touch those who hurt. Jesus is our only hope, thank God we can plant our trust in Him.

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