MOSCOW, July 16 (RIA Novosti) – Two women in Russia’s Far East got away with suspended jail sentences for their roles in selling 51 girls into sexual slavery in countries as far away as Greece and South Korea, Russian officials said on Tuesday.
The two unnamed women from the Khabarovsk Region, aged 60 and 36, got seven-years suspended each for recruiting and selling their victims, five of whom were under 18, into sex work between 2005 and 2010, the Investigative Committee reported in a statement.
Working with a foreign-based criminal gang led by Israelis, the accused “recruited victims from socially deprived families, former residents of orphanages as well as those in difficult situations,” according to the investigators’ report.
The convicted women were paid about $1,000 for each of their victims, who were promised jobs as waitresses and dancers at top restaurants with good salaries. As soon as they travelled outside Russia they were threatened with physical violence and their documents were taken away. They were forced to dance naked at night clubs and provide sexual services.
At least 23 of those victims were sent to the self-declared Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, 10 to China, 13 to Cyprus and Greece, four to South Korea and one to Israel, the statement said.
The trafficking network was broken up after a large-scale crackdown on its activities in Greece, resulting in 10 night clubs being closed, 180 people facing legal action and 19 criminals being arrested, investigators said.
According to the US State Department's Trafficking in Persons Report for 2012, "The Russian government demonstrated minimal progress in efforts to protect and assist trafficking victims," last year. The Russian government expressed its "indigation" at the report.
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- BlizzardSex slavery19:41, 16/07/2013I do agree with report that Russia is doing very little to protect women from such inhumane actions. The clear case that the courts as well as Government are corrupt shows above case. In any NORMAL western country these two bitches would finish in jail with maximal sentence allowed by the law.
In reality no one would blink with an eye if they would be sentenced to life imprisonment.
Shame for Russia to tarnish their image by protecting criminals of such caliber. Now it would be appropriate course of events to prosecute judges who so deliberately violated victim rights for protection. Only when corrupt judges, politicians and business people face the music and dance, then and only then Russia has chance to pool out of this very shameful image.
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