Goods are exchanged, deals are made, legal and illegal workers head to their new employers. KATERINA: [through interpreter] She asked us to wait for a while. She brought us to those men and said that one of them was the owner of the shop. Officials estimate that hundreds of thousands of women have been trafficked from Ukraine since the fall of the Soviet Union, so many that an office has been set up right at the port to help the victims. RIC ESTHER BIENSTOCK, Producer: Basically, an acquaintance of theirs had told him that he was going to Turkey anyway, so he might as well accompany Katia. NARRATOR: At this point, Katia could be anywhere in Antalya. NARRATOR: As the conversation continues, Maria lets slip some surprising admissions about Katia. Until shes back in Ukraine or Moldova, well have problems. Passed on through the sex trafficking network, she could be anywhere in the world within days.
She told us they were going to drive us to the apartment where we were going to stay. Today its visited by Viorel, a man who says his wife was sold into the sex trade. VIOREL: [subtitles] She left Odessa on June 12th, on board the Caledonia. And he speaks Turkish and he could just help her and watch over her. Viorel and the team decided to search for Katia in Turkeys hotel brothels and discos. MARIA: [subtitles] Believe it or not, I would kill her if I could. MARIA: [subtitles] I cant live like this anymore only problems, problems. VICTOR MALAREK, Author, The New Global Sex Trade: These women are being trafficked to the West.
Many are destined for the legitimate jobs that Olga has promised, but according to a convicted trafficker who agreed to speak with us, some of these young women are headed for a far worse fate.FIXER: Theyre going to Aksaray, that place, the Russian district.NARRATOR: Aksaray is a bustling district in the heart of Istanbul, home to growing numbers of expatriate Soviets. VLAD: [through interpreter] Everything depends on the psychological state of the girl.RIC ESTHER BIENSTOCK: She got through customs with absolutely no problem.The traffickers who transport these women have a very easy time of it.We wanted to answer some fundamental questions, like why dont these women run away and how do they get across borders and how do they get kidnapped and how could they really be enslaved in you know, at this point in history.FELIX GOLUBEV, Producer: Sex trafficking only started with the fall of the Soviet Union, when the borders opened up and it became much easier for traffickers to find desperate girls, girls with no education, girls that they can fool, and persuade them to go abroad.And thats what brought us ultimately to Odessa.NARRATOR: Frustrated with an inability to chase the traffickers overseas, the Ukrainian secret service has given us a tip about a suspected sex trader who regularly brings girls through here.Olga leads the team to a notorious spot in Aksaray. KATERINA: [subtitles] Look, the police are right there and shes making a sale. KATERINA: [through interpreter] They brought us to an apartment. He told me to get dressed because I was going to work. Theyre taken to these apartments and these houses, usually in remote areas, and men come in and break them. NARRATOR: Back at the port of Odessa a few days later, Olgas business is done. NARRATOR: Katia and Viorel met in Odessa, where Viorel worked as a bartender. If she comes tomorrow with Katia, this might all be over. VIOREL: [subtitles] Hes lying, Im telling you. NARRATOR: Maria promises to speak to Apo and set up a meeting between the three of them.This parking lot is an unofficial market for Russian migrant workers. ANYA: [through interpreter] There were some men at a table outside a cafe. They make her submit to every indignity in front of all the girls. The Ukrainian secret service says shell soon return here with a new group of recruits. Her nightmare began when an acquaintance of theirs offered to take her to Turkey, where she could buy goods cheaply for her mothers market stall back home. Give me your shirt with the hidden microphone and camera, and youll be able to listen to whats going on. MARIA: [subtitles] We wanted to have normal relations with you and give Katia back. NARRATOR: Maria accuses Viorel of trying to get Apo and her arrested at the airport a few weeks earlier. VIOREL: [subtitles] Thats 100 percent bulls***. Go back to your cop and kick his head in because hes lying. All Im saying is, let her go and your problem is solved. As he waits for Marias call, Viorel begins to worry that Apo and Maria may simply get rid of the problem by selling Katia to another pimp.