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February 2, 2006

Turkey's $3.6 billion sex industry

Report: $3.6 billion sex trade is thriving.
Chicago Tribune
Published February 1, 2006

ANKARA, TURKEY -- Turkey is fast becoming one of the largest markets for the trafficking of women from nearby former Soviet states who are brought in and forced into prostitution, an international agency said in a report released Tuesday.

Profits from the illicit sex trade in Turkey are estimated to be about $3.6 billion last year, according to the report from the International Organization for Migration.

About 5,000 women are believed to be working as sex slaves across Turkey, said an agency official. The prostitution networks get about $150 per customer; each woman serves as many as 15 clients a day.

Said Marielle Lindstrom, country director for the migration group: "The women don't get a penny."
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