Fueled by poverty and corruption, exacerbated by religious dogma, Romania is loosing a generation of adolescent girls to the slave trade. Though Romania is an EU country, it’s economic dire straits rank it as the poorest in the region, creating a scenario where a struggling mother is willing to sell her 14 year old daughter into prostitution just to survive.
Centrally located between Europe and Asia, Romania was historically crisscrossed by several trade routes often involving slave trades. Today it is the largest country of origin for human slavery in Europe.
Since entering the EU and becoming a more popular tourist destination, the country’s sex tourism industry and rates of human trafficking have increased significantly. The underground world of trafficking is estimated a 2 billion dollar a year industry in Romania. Romanian girls are in high demand.