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Published on March 27th, 2014 | by CCAT

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Horrors of Eastern European trafficking shown in new novel

Author Stela Brinzeanu had a harrowing task ahead of her as she researched for her new novel.  Set in Moldova, the book ‘Bessarabian

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Nights’ follows two friends as they hunt for a trafficked girl.  To do her research, Stela interviewed many girls who had been through horrific stories of deceit, violence and abuse as they fell victim to trafficking rings themselves.

Many of the victims have managed to escape, thanks to the work of our friends International Organisation for Migration (IOM) who have a crisis centre in the Moldovan capital, Chisinau.

Trafficking in Moldova is a huge problem, with estimates of 25,000 men and women being sold into slavery in 2008 alone.

Men are usually to be found working as domestic slaves or labourers, and women are usually found in the sex trade.  A horrifyingly high percentage – 42% – are said to be children.

The high levels of unemployment and poverty that exist in one of Europe’s poorest countries mean that warning vulnerable people about the risk of trafficking is not enough.  Until the country manages to drag itself out of its situation with better skills training and employment opportunities, the danger will remain high.

Meanwhile, we are grateful to brave people such as Stela for her determination to continue to bring the situation to light.

Stela’s book is available on amazon.co.uk in paperback and kindle.

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