ANTI-SLAVERY
SOCIETY

FIGHTING SLAVERY TODAY

The White Slave Trade:
Trafficking in Women

The international trafficking of women and children is a growing phenomenon, as thousands of women and children are trafficked by businessmen into dens around the world.

 

Surprisingly, many follow the same slave routes of the Middle Ages or the Renaissance as the Slav women and children who were sold by in the slave markets and purchased by buyers from Italy and France.

 

The first phase occurred during the Middle Ages when each year thousands of women and children from East Prussia, the Czech lands, Poland, Lithuania, Estonia and Latvia were sold in the slave markets of Italy and southern France.

 

The second phase occurred during the later Middle Ages and the early Renaissance when slave women and children were trafficked from Russia and the Ukraine and sold into slavery in Italy and the Middle East.  Others came from Bosnia, Albania and the Caucasian Mountains: to end their days as slaves in Italy and France.  The trade into Western Europe ceased when the Ottoman Empire conquered Constantinople.  The European countries then turned their attention to West Africa as a source of slaves.

 

The modern slavers from Serbia, Albania, Bosnia, Turkey, Russia and Eastern Europe model themselves on the slavers of the Middle Ages and the early Renaissance, except they now dress in expensive Italian suits, carry mobile phones and drive flashy automobiles.

The material in this report is based on Missions to South Asia, South-East Asia and various parts of Africa by the Society's Secretary-General.

THE SOCIETY IN ACTION

The Society has embarked upon a program for the suppression of the international trafficking of women and children in India.  

THIS IS THE SOCIETY IN ACTION 

Further Information

For more information, read the Society’s publication

entitled Second Report on Trafficking of Women and Children ($11.00).

 

 

Links to other pages dealing with this issue:

Trafficking of children


Links to other pages dealing with related issues:

West  African slave trade

Odalisques


Internet links:

US Department of State

International conference of trafficking in women and children hosted by US Department of State

Trafficking of women and children across "the largest slave trade in history": UNICEF

Guilty secrets of Russia's slaves

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