I thought I’d find at least one kind person, or that one of those pimps would set me free.

We wanted to answer some fundamental questions, like why don’t these women run away and how do they get across borders and how do they get kidnapped and how could they really be enslaved in you know, at this point in history.

FELIX GOLUBEV, Producer: Sex trafficking only started with the fall of the Soviet Union, when the borders opened up and it became much easier for traffickers to find desperate girls, girls with no education, girls that they can fool, and persuade them to go abroad.

Goods are exchanged, deals are made, legal and illegal workers head to their new employers. KATERINA: [through interpreter] She asked us to wait for a while. She brought us to those men and said that one of them was the owner of the shop. Officials estimate that hundreds of thousands of women have been trafficked from Ukraine since the fall of the Soviet Union, so many that an office has been set up right at the port to help the victims. RIC ESTHER BIENSTOCK, Producer: Basically, an acquaintance of theirs had told him that he was going to Turkey anyway, so he might as well accompany Katia. NARRATOR: At this point, Katia could be anywhere in Antalya. NARRATOR: As the conversation continues, Maria lets slip some surprising admissions about Katia. Until she’s back in Ukraine or Moldova, we’ll have problems. Passed on through the sex trafficking network, she could be anywhere in the world within days.

She told us they were going to drive us to the apartment where we were going to stay. Today it’s visited by Viorel, a man who says his wife was sold into the sex trade. VIOREL: [subtitles] She left Odessa on June 12th, on board the Caledonia. And he speaks Turkish and he could just help her and watch over her. Viorel and the team decided to search for Katia in Turkey’s hotel brothels and discos. MARIA: [subtitles] Believe it or not, I would kill her if I could. MARIA: [subtitles] I can’t live like this anymore only problems, problems. VICTOR MALAREK, Author, The New Global Sex Trade: These women are being trafficked to the West.

KATERINA, Trafficked to Turkey: [subtitles] She treated us quite well. ANYA: [through interpreter] I thought I was going to work in a shop.

We were told that there are lots of women from Moldova and Russia working there. KATERINA: [through interpreter] I can’t say I was very happy or excited.Across from the port, on the famous Odessa steps, we secretly film as she traffics young women to Turkey. RIC ESTHER BIENSTOCK: The secret service said that she runs a legitimate business as a cover, and she basically takes women from Moldova and Ukraine to work as domestics in Turkey.And amongst these women are some younger women who she sells to traffickers and pimps in Turkey.Compared to what they left behind, Aksaray is full of opportunities. If she has a weak psyche, she usually breaks down and accepts that she’ll have to work as a prostitute. ANYA: [through interpreter] They forced us to have sex with different Turkish men. NARRATOR: Journalist Victor Malarek spent two years interviewing traffickers and their victims.But for many young women, Aksaray will be the bitter end to their dreams. We guessed that she was selling us, but we hoped we were wrong. ANYA: [watching video footage] [subtitles] Look, there’s the money! ANYA: [subtitles] She’s selling them, just as I was sold. NARRATOR: Once trafficked into sexual slavery, the women are quickly put to work to start turning a profit for their new owners. KATERINA: [through interpreter] He simply raped me. VICTOR MALAREK, Author, The New Global Sex Trade: People have said to me, "Well, these girls can run." They can’t. VIOREL: [subtitles] An acquaintance who sold my wife.Tonight, FRONTLINE takes a hidden camera look deep inside the new global sex trade.