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International experts who want to eradicate this disgusting practice face a huge problem. Sex slave traders are highly developed organized criminals who are adept at avoiding laws designed to stop them.

It's not enough that most of the countries with this problem outlaw prostitution by law. "The problem is the law enforcement is not strict enough," Christiane says. "Many times police, local judges, officials can get bought off. It's very much like a Mafia organization where, with enough money, you can bribe a local official. One of the things that those who advocate prevention and some way to deal with this want is to toughen up law enforcement and make this a shameful crime."
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Published on November 02, 2005

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