May 27th, 2011
04:07 PM ET

Sex slavery: A family business

A couple of months ago, The CNN Freedom Project brought you the harrowing tale of a sex slave ring run by a Romanian father and son, with reporting from CNN's Jonathan Wald and Dan Rivers.

Now, explore the story further with these excerpts from the documentary, "Sex slavery: A family business," which examines the flourishing sex trade in Romania and provides an inside look at the authorities' struggle to bring it under control.

Part 2 - CNN travels to Romania to investigate sex trafficking

Part 3 - Victims of sex slavery share their stories of life in slavery

Part 4 - CNN’s Dan Rivers talks with convicted sex traffickers in a Romanian prison

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  1. livia

    I'm from Romania.This is a very interestind documentary.But that's something funny there: in the second video Bogdan' s son actually says:"My dad is not innocent.And this will be proved." not what he really want' s to say: "My dad is innocent." Without wanting he says the truth and proves how stupid is he.

    May 28, 2011 at 1:05 pm | Reply
  2. hehe101

    How large a problem is this in Romania? I'm serious about this question. They may not have been there since more than 100 years, but I have roots in eastern europe (Ukraine, Romania, Russia, Austria, Lithuania).

    May 28, 2011 at 10:16 pm | Reply
    • Rox

      Who may not have been there for more than 100 years? If your talking about Romanians, they've been there since Dacian times, that is pre-Roman empire time and even before that. The Romans intermixed with the Dacians and that is where the name comes from. A tribute to our ancestors.
      As to your question...unfortunately prostitution is a great problem all over Eastern Europe.

      May 30, 2011 at 12:13 pm | Reply
  3. alexis

    this happens all over the world what about little girls in other countries

    May 29, 2011 at 9:18 am | Reply
    • Mario

      Alexis, prostitution exists here in America too, with minors as well. It is not a problem "in other countries", it is a global problem.

      May 31, 2011 at 8:53 am | Reply
  4. sara

    Solving Poverty — The Islamic Way Nonie Darwish, Front Page Magazine
    “We are at a time of Jihad; Jihad for the sake of Allah is a pleasure, a true pleasure. Mohammed’s followers used to compete to do it. The reason we are poor now is because we have abandoned jihad. If only we can conduct a jihadist invasion at least once a year or if possible twice or three times, then many people on Earth would become Muslims. And if anyone prevents our dawa or stands in our way, then we must kill them or take as hostage and confiscate their wealth, women and children. Such battles will fill the pockets of the Mujahid who can return home with 3 or 4 slaves, 3 or 4 women and 3 or 4 children. This can be a profitable business if you multiply each head by 300 or 400 dirham,. This can be like financial shelter whereby a jihadist, in time of financial need, can always sell one of these heads (meaning slavery). No one can make that much money in one deal (from hard work) even if a Muslim goes to the West to work or do trade. In time of need, that is a good resource for profit.”
    by Abu Ishak Al Huweini, A well known Islamic leader in Egypt who often appears on Egyptian TV, has recently said the above in Arabic and I have translated it into English.

    When I heard this audio message, I could not believe my ears. This is nothing short of barbaric and medieval preaching by a powerful Muslim leader in Egypt who has access to public TV and the ears of millions. This sheikh, who is at least honest and unapologetic about what jihad means, is also promoting the true model and example of the prophet Mohammed in the 7th and what he did to non-Muslims, as an example for all Muslims to follow today. Isn’t that the role of a prophet, to be the example to his followers?

    May 29, 2011 at 6:01 pm | Reply
    • Anthony

      To Sara,Your concern are well voiced and well digested,I am of the view of what you posted here and different steps has been put into consideration.I advised before you post something of this nature you should put into consideration the content and the individual that has said it.Different things happen around the globe and they are either based on religion or government interest.The US will present a plan which is totally different from there views,things are done based on selfish personal interest but they all act on what we see them to be.
      You should not conclude your article on "promoting the true model and example of the prophet Mohammed in the 7th and what he did to non-Muslims, as an example for all Muslims to follow today. Isn’t that the role of a prophet, to be the example to his followers?"

      You need to see beyond your eyes limit and then you know what's going on around the world"The Hague court has indicted Mladic for genocide in the 43-month siege of Sarajevo and the massacre of 8,000 Muslims in Srebrenica during the 1992-95 Bosnian war."
      Could you believe this man have people praising him and asking the authorities to release him?
      How many news have you read on how Muslims are being killed,raped and even leave with there fate to survive in the time of hardship? They are not being giving the voice they need.

      May 30, 2011 at 11:29 am | Reply
      • Thor

        Anthony; My ancestors traded much in ancient times. Our fur and wood and artisans, ... and our slaves for your work and pleasure. I am more than willing to take up the practice of my ancient ancestors to begin that very profitable business again.... little brother!

        May 31, 2011 at 6:36 am |
    • Joe

      WOW , OMG , you are So stupid , what is that got to do with forcing girls in Romania into prostitution or slavery ?
      are you blaming Islam for this ? or Romania has become a Muslim country and those criminals are Jihadists ?
      yea , the Jihadist has forced that mother to sell her daughter just to be able to go italy !
      wake up and stop blaming Islam on this shit that we built our self

      May 31, 2011 at 5:45 pm | Reply
    • kacks

      First of all this is taking place Romania and has nothing to do with Islam. Educate yourself. So there is no room for your fear mongering and ignorance here. What you mentioned are the words of a disturbed individual, and from personal experience there are many out there. In no way does this one individual represent islam.

      June 1, 2011 at 9:30 pm | Reply
  5. Harry Bush

    like we dont have any problems in the USA, why do we really care about this???????????????????/

    May 29, 2011 at 7:08 pm | Reply
    • Jim Kale

      To Harry Bush, many of the prostitutes in the US were illegally trafficked here and are held against their will and forced to work as sex slaves.

      May 30, 2011 at 2:57 am | Reply
    • alesia

      We care because we are Humans, or should be. Not Americans, Romanians, blacks or whites. When we will start to become humans, is my questions, and forget the labels and stereotypes.
      Yes, sex slavery is a big problem in that part of the world. The question is "What I can do about it", and not " So what, I have bigger problems".
      Ignorance is comfortable, but not preferable.

      May 30, 2011 at 2:46 pm | Reply
      • gennes

        well said!

        May 31, 2011 at 5:39 am |
      • OldCactus

        Alesia, you have to consider the source of that remark, probable a liberal child who can have no sympathy for anyone except himself.

        June 1, 2011 at 2:28 am |
      • mexicoman89

        lol, i'm latino and i don't give a shit.

        June 2, 2011 at 12:46 am |
      • American

        Hey oldcocktus, So liberals don't have sympathy for others? Yet its the conservatives that want everybody else to live in squallor without health insurance or even food. It's not liberals that don't care about the rest of the world, This I don't care attitude of Harry Bush is a conservative attitude. After all, thats one of your ilks biggest complaints against liberals, that we care to much about the unfortunate persons in this world. Please pull your head out and see the light!

        June 4, 2011 at 1:41 pm |
    • Mario

      Because, Harry, the world is our oyster, remember? We cannot pretend to be a superpower in the global neighborhood and ignore the world problems that we don't like.

      May 31, 2011 at 8:55 am | Reply
    • Fluidity

      Oh, sorry dude. There's stuff happening in...what we like to call...lots of different places. See, there's this place, right? It's called the world. And in this world, stuff happens. This article is about some of that stuff.

      May 31, 2011 at 2:37 pm | Reply
    • Nate

      Your complete insensitivity to civil rights and basic human rights is humbling. Some of the people experiencing these attrocities are in far worse situations than here in the US. This is not denying the fact that this is a global issue and that it remains a vital issue here in the US either.

      June 1, 2011 at 5:48 pm | Reply
    • Jenny Talia

      I guess you never saw Taken!!! Everyone wants young ignorant white American women in their sex trade!

      June 2, 2011 at 4:15 pm | Reply
    • A B

      we care because typical do gooders looking for a "cause"

      its more about making themselves feel good than anything else

      June 19, 2011 at 9:15 am | Reply
  6. Jim Dabois

    Why is this such a manufactured load of Imperialist,feminist bullcrap. America always feels we can enforce our way of life on everybody else. This is a non issue. Let Romainia do Romania and we should focus on the millions of dollars stolen from our economy by the White criminals here in the U.S.

    May 30, 2011 at 7:39 pm | Reply
    • kate

      Jim, how is this a feminist issue? It is a human issue. How would you like it if your daughter were taken from you and sold into sex slavery? What if the rest of the people in the US said – Hey, his daughter is in Saudi Arabia (or wherever) so it is not our problem. You seem to be very misinformed about human trafficing – it happens to Americans too.

      May 31, 2011 at 4:40 pm | Reply
      • Jim Dabois

        I'll tell you what,Kate....when that happens to a daughter of mine....then I'll worry about it.So stupid to be this blind to our own crumbling country to worry about random crap in Europe...sorry,I could care less.

        May 31, 2011 at 5:05 pm |
    • OldCactus

      Why did you not include the black and brown criminals also?

      June 1, 2011 at 2:30 am | Reply
    • Bob

      Stop being such a troll or an extreme American we are a first world country right? So that means that we have to help other countries so that they may reach to a better place. So here's a piece of advise quit being a Du sch.

      June 2, 2011 at 8:01 am | Reply
    • alesia

      Don t let Romania do Romania. Because Romania kills and tortures children. And, your question is: What is their nationality? or What about my money?

      June 7, 2011 at 2:07 pm | Reply
    • Sickofextremists

      So, JIm, if we should let "Romania do Romania" why are you reading this article? Why are you commenting? Why did you read the headline, see it was about Romania and sex slavery and simply go to a different site? My guess, you just wanted to b*tch.

      June 14, 2011 at 10:15 am | Reply
    • Wanda

      umm, its a news site, reporting stories from all of the world. jim, if the world iitself s of no interest to you, maybe you should subsribe to your local paper and leave this site alone.

      June 20, 2011 at 11:58 am | Reply
  7. Arpanaa Pemangmo Gurung

    Sex slavery never ends.Women have always been an object of desire.Its heartbreaking to hear such horrifying events in modern era.The worst bit is to be born in a poor family.These girls and women have no choice but fall into the trap of sex slavery.Nepalese girls have been sold across Indian Borders for a meagre price.It can never stop unless the government enforces strong and strict law on them.Every country should have some common law for this issue.

    May 31, 2011 at 5:48 am | Reply
  8. Jim Dabois

    Why should every country conform to America's hypocritical values??? Why are we the moral police of the world? Our own society is a mess with resentment and disgust between races,genders,political parties and every other faction imaginable.Yet,the PC gestapo(almost always White,female liberals)insist on enforcing their version of morality on the universe...then become surprised at the inevitable backlash and worldwide resentment.

    May 31, 2011 at 6:07 am | Reply
    • Fluidity

      Wow. you must really dislike white people. No, I'm not white, I'm black. But you sound like a moron. "THERE ARE RACISTS IN THIS COUNTRY....AND THEY ARE MOSTLY WHITE!" Dude seriously...u are perpetuating the problem. Why are we not allowed to read about f*cked up sh*t happening overseas? What are u some kind of Nazi? Yes, it's a free country. We are ALLOWED to know whats going on. No one ever said anything about enforcing jack sh*t. Jeez.

      May 31, 2011 at 2:40 pm | Reply
      • A B

        the problem is you still dont know whats going on. Youre being sold a dramatized lie by PC activists

        June 19, 2011 at 9:17 am |
    • Anon

      You are not deserving of human life. You are disgusting, hateful, and ignorant. I'm not judging you on race, gender, creed, nationality, or anything other than your venomous comments.

      June 1, 2011 at 4:09 pm | Reply
    • Sickofextremists

      Are you kidding me? Did you read your comment after you wrote it? You didn't realize that all are your comments just made YOU look like the hypocrite? You said the reason the US is so bad is because of all the resent and disgust to other races and genders and political parties, you just described yourself! You are the problem, people like you. Black, white, hispanic, asian, men and women, Republicans and Democrats, all of the people clinging to their extreme opinions and pointing fingers. I blame myself too because I read your comments and I HATE you. See? Making me part of the problem too. I honestly hate you, Jim Dabois. You and people like you is what makes the country I was born and raised in so very f*cked up.

      June 14, 2011 at 10:27 am | Reply
    • Techclique

      Don't feed the trolls. Jim is just on here spewing venom to get his rocks off getting people upset.

      June 24, 2011 at 11:20 am | Reply
    • Tcsouth

      You are an idiot....

      June 26, 2011 at 9:30 am | Reply
  9. Celestine

    I have a poetry post on, as a poet i summed up what i've seen and heard, i wish more and more people can add their voices to this noble fight.

    May 31, 2011 at 8:37 am | Reply
    • Aileen


      Couldn't find the poem. Would it be possible to email it to me – Thanks

      June 7, 2011 at 4:22 am | Reply
  10. Jim Dabois

    You liberals are so stupid is insane. All you guys are doing is making the world even more furious at our nosy meddling. Prostitution is not gonna disappear because YOU want it too.It is always gonna be there,idiots. Maybe you guys are sexually repressed. Thats the legacy of American White people....hypocritical sexual repression and denial. White women cry about feminism,yet are the most morally bankrupt people on earth. ALL of you go to hell. Including the brainwashed Blacks on this thread.

    May 31, 2011 at 5:09 pm | Reply
  11. Jim Dabois

    White people(including so called Arabs) in general are in line to get what has been coming to them for 2000 years....they will finally feel it times 40. Regardless of religion the boomerang is on it's way BACK you White bitches.

    May 31, 2011 at 6:05 pm | Reply
  12. tshwanelo

    To the self centred americans who use the anonimity of this blog as a means of acting in a way that is socially unacceptable... I want you to consider that human trafficking does not only happen to prostitutes but, really to everyone. You or your family member could be kidnapped next week and trafficked in america. And your words of how this has nothing to do with america will haunt you because only then will you realise that this is a global issue. And it takes place in all 205 countries...

    May 31, 2011 at 6:16 pm | Reply
  13. Ruth from Ohio


    May 31, 2011 at 8:22 pm | Reply
    • OldCactus

      They are all like Obama. They have grown a pair but they are too small to make them manly.

      June 1, 2011 at 2:33 am | Reply
    • alesia

      The government promotes this kind of behavior. This is the way politicians get money for themselves. What real option do honest people have?

      June 19, 2011 at 3:45 pm | Reply
  14. Anon

    Hey, CNN, why are you allowing this hateful "Jim Dabois" continue to post his drivel? Much less has gotten other comments removed. Please do us all a favor and remove his comments from this discussion.

    June 1, 2011 at 4:11 pm | Reply
  15. Jim Dabois

    Anon,maybe it's because Blacks have endured far worse than my little comments on some feminist web board.Hey do me a favor...get out there in the hot sun and pick some cotton against your will...for free...for 400 years...and also we're gonna beat you and abuse you at random....HOW DOES IT FEEL???? Thought so,you White bitch.

    June 1, 2011 at 6:20 pm | Reply
    • Breakinout

      He is just soooo cute!

      June 1, 2011 at 9:25 pm | Reply
    • American

      Hey Jimmy, When did you ever work for 400 years, or even 400 days. Go out and make something of your life rather than blaming all you problems on other people. The only bitch around here is your momma!

      June 4, 2011 at 1:50 pm | Reply
      • Jim Dabois

        Snappy comeback "American",you retarded piece of slime. Face up to your racism instead of using 'momma' jokes as weak,white boy comebacks...what are we in 4th grade here? White Americans deserve only the worst...and thats what they'll get.And to re-iterate...the so called "sex slaves" 7,000 miles away mean NOTHING to me.NOTHING.A bunch of women who made their own choices...if you tried to make a sex slave out of any woman I know,White,black or'd have a disastrous fight on your hands.

        June 4, 2011 at 6:10 pm |
  16. olorinstaff

    Jim is a 12 year old white boy with tea bagger parents sitting in front of his computer. ignore him.

    June 1, 2011 at 8:10 pm | Reply
  17. Jim Dabois

    Everytime people want to stay in denial over their nonsense they claim the comment is from a "Troll".....nice try,dummy.
    Why don't you respond to the actual issues I raised,or concede that you're full of it.

    June 1, 2011 at 9:29 pm | Reply
    • WiseUp

      I believe several of us would be happy to respond to actual issues you raise in the unlikely event you raise actual issues.

      June 16, 2011 at 7:24 pm | Reply
  18. Bob

    ROFL if you look at the part for video without clicking on it you will see how stupid this guy is. His eyes are rolled up in his heads as if he is getting a job.

    June 2, 2011 at 7:55 am | Reply
  19. Patiat

    People like these, who exploit and abuse other people for personal gain, should be executed.

    June 2, 2011 at 9:51 pm | Reply
  20. Alan

    Yeah Jimmy, bury yourself in the history books and learn the real facts, your dark skinned brothers were not just rounded up and taken away by slave traders, the truth is they were SOLD to the slave traders by your very own ancestors who did not want them, criminals, undesirables and the like. You never picked any cotton, just like I never experienced the living HELL my Father went through fighting in Europe during World War Two to protect the liberty and the country you so comfortably live in now, sitting at your keyboard, bitching away about realities you know nothing about. You are lucky, if your ancestors were not slaves you would not be here, you would still be in Africa, turning a little stick in the mud and trying to scrape a life out of a dry and bleak landscape. Shut up and consider yourself fortunate fool!

    June 18, 2011 at 12:13 am | Reply
    • JTA

      well said, Alan. I am baffled that this problem with sex trade has become an issue of race.

      JIm, stop being hateful because it will not take you anywhere. Truth is whether we are white or black we all have experienced some form of abuse. Abuse is abuse and it's not a respecter of age, color, belief, etc. If this problem in Europe (or anywhere else) doesn't bother you at all, then what will? This is a fight against evil in our society. We do not want to respond with apathy or disgust to the victims because they are, well, victims! whether white, brown or black! Let's go after the perpetrators. not after those who feel strongly about this issue, like some of the readers here. We care. that's all.

      June 22, 2011 at 6:21 am | Reply
  21. Alan

    And another point, your race creates its own problem here in the states, the fact that a lot of you dont want to work, have no common decency and little command of the English language create an even larger widespread problem. Many African Americans here have no desire to fit in, do not desire to work and are obligated to think the way that you do, that the World owes them something. The influx of Asian immigrants who came here with nothing and are now a powerful economic force here proves you wrong, your race card is lost. The last resort for you is to blame it on your own DNA, which of course comes from a very SHALLOW gene pool. Case Closed.

    June 18, 2011 at 12:38 am | Reply
  22. Black Service Member

    My angry at the comments of alot of you will not discourage me. My family has worked very hard to keep all the trash being said out of the ears of our young and raise them as men and women. They will not think someone owes them for the past and will think they owe someone other than their family members for being where they are. Whats funny it shows that the problem is world wide and all races and the only way to stop it is raise your own and keep your own communities safe from ignorance and hate. Thats the only way to keep them educated so they need to fall pray to human trafficking, argue online with ignorant people, or hateful racist. I pray for you all. and I will continue my duties for the other Service members I serve with and our families.

    June 20, 2011 at 4:46 pm | Reply
  23. Clark

    Jim! I have no idea where to start with you, but I do know that your attitude will not be changed by my comments. They are too ingrained in you for anything but death to take them away. Somebody or something has made you this way. It could be the way that you were raised or an event that happened. Either way it doesn't matter. You have allowed yourself to become a BIGOTT and nothing else. This is what you are viewed as when you make comments that are unfounded and demeaning to a race as a whole. Our own people enslaved us! Whitey, as you would say, just made the purchase. By the way, our people would have been sold somewhere else had whitey in america not bought us. You might find that when you look at another person as a person and not a color then they tend to do the same for you. Also, as a educated southern black man I can tell you that slaves were often not treated as badly as popular opinion believes. If you own your own business, your not going to ruin the equipment that makes you a living are you? That is exactly what slaves were viewed as! Equipment! So, in turn many slaves were treated relatively well because MASTER wanted money and a slave that can't work because u beat it, starved it, or killed it can't make you any money can it?

    June 23, 2011 at 3:09 pm | Reply
  24. Clark

    In fact, many slaves took their owner's last name when they were freed. Some even stayed on the plantations and collected a wage. As a matter of fact, I am a descendant of one of those "brutaly mistreated" slaves that decided to stay and work for a wage. Have you heard stories passed down by mouth from that time? I doubt it! I have and have heard of stories both good and bad. Slaves were beat normally beacuse they ran away and they ran away for many reasons. Not just because they were mistreated. A slave at that time cost roughly 40,000 dollars in today's cost. I hate to break it to you, but I would beat the hell out of somebody if I caught them stealing my 40,000 dollar car. What's the difference? Either way it is viewed as a theft. By myself and the slave owner. The movie Roots makes me cringe because it gives uninformed people a hollywood verson of the truth. Remember it's called a Drama for a reason. They add drama to make it more dramatic.

    June 23, 2011 at 3:43 pm | Reply
  25. Shahi Hafez

    This is very interesting. I went to university in Egypt (AUC) for two years and I recall seeing a family of street children outside, they would harass you for money but were awfully nice, and you couldn't help but love them. It came to my attention a few times that their family prostitutes them out for money, although I am not sure. It's a difficult topic, and a well-kept secret among families who participate in such businesses, so I guess I'll never find out until they get caught.

    June 24, 2011 at 5:48 am | Reply
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    The vepour of life is out of the desires of many who deserve good living but are been denide of comfort just for the sake of rilegion, race or more,live most be valued and respected. Stop slite killing all for the name of gihard.God is love.

    July 26, 2011 at 6:47 pm | Reply
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