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The Natashas: Inside the New Global Sex Trade Paperback – September 12, 2005

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Arcade Publishing (September 12, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1559707798
  • ISBN-13: 978-1559707794
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.7 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,253,041 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Award-winning Canadian journalist Malarek reports on the most recent wave in the global sex trade, sparked by the breakup of the Soviet Union in 1991. According to the U.S. State Department, at least 800,000–900,000 impoverished young women, many of them orphans, from Eastern and Central Europe, are lured with promises of jobs as waitresses, nannies or maids in Western Europe or North America. Instead, they find themselves imprisoned in apartments, massage parlors or brothels in countries ranging from South Korea, Bosnia and Japan to Israel and Germany. With "ruthless efficiency," in the words of one European official, Russian and other organized crime syndicates control this human trade, which offers high profits with little risk of interference thanks to "complacency, complicity, and corruption" on the part of national governments and law enforcement. One of the more horrific examples Malarek offers involves sex slaves in Bosnia who serviced NATO and UN peacekeepers after the war in 1995. Malarek recounts the affecting first-person stories of numerous victims. The author has excellent research skills and clearly makes his case with the hope of creating enough outrage to stop this traffic in women. However, his hyperbolic, tabloid style of writing is distracting. The facts are horrendous enough to speak for themselves.
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I found the book "The Natashas", by author Victor Malarek to be a very compelling and disturbing book to read.
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This book will shock you, it will apall you and hopefully it will instigate you to act!
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Jeff Platt on November 20, 2005
Format: Hardcover
'The Natashas : Inside the New Global Sex Trade' is certainly not the first book to expose the international human slave trade, but it is essential reading all the same. Human trafficking, or "trafficking in persons," as it is called by the US State Department, is a complex and revolting issue. The more we learn about it, the more we are aghast at such a disgusting crime. Our hearts break for the victims and despair under the weight of the overwhelming numbers involved. There are many books, some quite good, others less so, but most of them are out of date--predating The Natashas by many years. However, The Natashas is one of four recent books that stand above the rest. They are unquestionably accurate, moving and informative. Together, these four books are the essential beginning course in understanding human trafficking.

'The Natashas : Inside the New Global Sex Trade' offers a desperate truth about the victims, their experiences, dark and ugly. Not an easy book to read, but an essential part of understanding the human cost of human trafficking.

This is the third book to read in understanding human trafficking. First, read 'Race Against Evil: The Secret Missions of the Interpol Agent Who Tracked the World's Most Sinister Criminals;' then 'Illicit : How Smugglers, Traffickers and Copycats are Hijacking the Global Economy;' followed by 'Woman, Child for Sale: The New Slave Trade in the 21st Century.'
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By A. Medina on February 27, 2006
Format: Paperback
This is a very informative book and one of the saddest I have read. The sad plight of Eastern European women in the sex trade has reached monumental proportions. It doesn't look like there is anything to stop the trade unless politicians seriously get involved. I was very moved by the personal stories of these women. Malarek did the right thing by investigating hot spots himself in various countries. Well written and doesn't drag. Engaging and honest.
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25 of 31 people found the following review helpful By TomPaine77 on April 19, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Just as when Auschwitz and Treblinka were in operation, few people today are paying attention to the mass annihilation of countless hundreds of thousands of women and girls in the worldwide rape mills. These females are the seed corn of struggling Eastern European nations: 1 in 5 has a university degree, and most of the others are at least trying to get a university education. They answer bogus job offers which lead to sex slavery in hopes of having enough money to finish their higher education. Instead, they end up dead, insane, crippled or in halfway houses far from home. Only when this issue becomes a drumbeat among humane citizens in all informed and educated countries will concrete action ever be taken to stop this enormous destruction of human lives and potential.

Despite what P. Pray said about Malarek's book, it is well-researched. Malarek travelled extensively and interviewed numerous people in the Czech Republic, including the Czech/German border area which is apparently an entire region given over to mob-controlled sex slavery, heavily guarded by many on-the-take Czech cops. P. Pray is probably in the 'Natasha' business himself.....think about this book, and the victims it describes, the next time you hear a guy making veiled leering comments about his trip to Prague/Berlin/Amsterdam/Munich/Moscow/Dubai/Greece/Istanbul/Bangkok/Manila/Vegas/Atlantic this book and you'll realize that when Anne Frank said that people were generally good at heart, that she'd spent too much time in the attic. As an Army officer, I was especially shocked and saddened by the descriptions of girls being repeatedly and routinely raped, traded and sold by US servicemen and contractors in Bosnia, Kosovo and South Korea, with the knowledge and complicity of senior US commanders.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Newton Ooi on September 23, 2005
Format: Hardcover
The end of the Cold War saw one of the greatest opportunities in the history of the world for one society (the US) to help another (the USSR). The breakup of the USSR and the fall of communism provided the US with an opportunity to create a democracy where none existed, to instruct a nation on the principles of freedom, tolerance, respect for human rights, and civil society. Instead, American exported its businessmen to Russia to teach them how to steal and cheat each other. One result of this was the breakdown of civil society, loss of economic wealth, decline in the respect for law, and the erosion of Soviet-enforced equality between men and women. As a consequence, hundreds of thoussands, if not millions of women, were sucked into the prostitution business and many were taken or tricked to go overseas. These victims are generically called Natashas in the parlor of the trade; hence the title of the book.

The author documents the lives and traumas of many of these Natashas. They are sometimes quite young, in the early teens, and come from all over the former USSR, including places like the Ukraine, Chechnya, Dagastan, Belarus, and Russia itself. The book shows the pipelines that take the girls from various Russian cities to their final destinations in brothels, stripbars, prisons, and sometimes cemeteries in places such as Japan, S. Korea, Israel, Europe, Arab capitals, and N. American cities such as New York, Chicago, Miami, etc... Many, if not most of the girls are tortured, raped, beaten, starved, and often kept locked away in small rooms, attics, back alleys, old warehouses, and other places where the sun don't shine. The net effect of this is to destroy the Russian youth; the women who are the victims, and the men who are often the initial perpetrators.
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