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Countertraffickers Seek to Free Young Sex Slaves

Countertraffickers Seek to Free Young Sex Slaves

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Every year, hundreds of thousands of girls and young women are lured abroad by offers of waitress or secretary jobs — and then are trapped into lives as prostitutes. A few of these women manage to escape, but for some, the only way out is to recruit another young woman as a replacement.

Stella Rotaru is a countertrafficker in Moldova, working with the International Organization for Migration to rescue women ensnared in the global sex trade. William Finnegan, a staff writer for The New Yorker, profiled Rotaru in his article The Countertraffickers.