News from and about Ukraine & Ukrainians: Ukrainian Community Press Releases
Home - NEWS - Weather - Biz - Sports - Press - Calendar - Classifieds

Home - НОВИНИ - Погода - Ділове - Спорт - Прес - Календар - Оголошення

getLinks(); ?>

UkraiNEWStand BRAMA Press News UKR News ENG News RUS News GOV'T TV/Radio Journals Newsletters World Kiosks
Mon, May 27, 21:21 EDT
  • BRAMA Press
  • Submit press releases here

  • BRAMA Home
  • BRAMA's UkraiNewstand

  • Search

  • full search
  • NEWS
     ·  Regional-National-Int'l
     ·  Politics/Elections
     ·  Business
     ·  Diaspora/Community
     ·  Issues/Health
     ·  Education
     ·  Arts/Culture
     ·  Religion
     ·  Sports
     ·  Travel
     ·  BRAMA Press
  • News & Politics BB (Chat)
  • Nova Khvylia BB
  • Traditions BB
  • Travel BB
  • Business Connections BB
  • E-mail Lists

  • Features
     ·  Politics/Elections
     ·  History of Ukraine
     ·  Ukrainian Traditions
     ·  Ukrainian Shops

    [BRAMA Client Websites]
    places to visit

    What will L.Kuchma's fate be under the Yushchenko presidency?
    Same as Ceausescu
    Exile in Russia or elsewhere
    Prosecution and jail in Ukraine
    Immunity from prosecution in Ukraine
    Pardoned by Yushchenko
  • [Results & comment board] ...
  • Horoscope
    Horoscope (Ukr1251 only):

    DISCLAIMER:The contents of press releases on this website represent solely the positions of their respective authors and organizations. BRAMA neither endorses nor disapproves of the views expressed therein. BRAMA retains all final rights as to what may or may not appear on these pages.

    [ TOP]

    BRAMA News and Community Press

    BRAMA, Sep 17, 2004, 3:00 pm ET

    Complicity, complacency, corruption drive global trafficking trade, concludes author Victor Malarek
    — By Hanya Krill

    The Natashas: Inside the New Global Sex Trade
    By Victor Malarek
    ISBN: 1559707356
    Hardcover, 320pp
    List Price: $26.00
    Barnes & Noble price $20.80

    US book launch tonight!
    Friday, September 17 at 7:00pm
    Ukrainian Institute of America
    2 East 79th Street

    Victor Malarek

    The Natashas: The New Global Sex Trade
    Canadian Edition

    Destination western nations and originating countries both are complicit and complacent, and rife with corruption, all of which contribute to the growth of a new criminal industry - the illegal trafficking of women for sex. So says author Victor Malarek, whose riveting book titled "The Natashas - Inside The New Global Sex Trade" has gone into a second printing in Canada. The original English version is being distributed in the US (official launching today), the UK, India, and Australia, and it has been translated into Spanish, Turkish, Finnish and Ukrainian (a work in progress). "Natashas" is a name given to all East European prostitutes.

    Malarek doesn't pull any punches in his book and doesn't mince his words when speaking about the issue. His unwavering defense of the victims of trafficking is palpable as he passionately describes the deplorable conditions under which women are forced to work and live. That they are victims and not willing participants remains crystal clear in his mind no matter how many times he hears from government officials or men who avail themselves of such services that "the women knew what they were getting into" or "they do it for the money." He knows that not a single one of the victims would willingly submit to be "raped by a fat, ugly, doughy pervert", especially when most of the time it's the pimp who gets the money, not the woman being used for sex.

    In the book, Malarek condemns the West for not doing enough to halt the spread of criminal trafficking in women. He confronts governments head-on for lax or misguided laws. Often the legal framework is there, but enforcement is weak or non-existent. Too often the laws are designed to punish the victim, while the perpetrators - pimps and traffickers - are left untouched. The author favors the Swedish model for combating trafficking, which contrasts significantly with the methods adopted by other countries. The policy in Sweden is to offer maximum protection to the victim while making the purchase of sexual services by 'johns' and the traffickers who transport the (often underage) women across borders punishable offenses.

    Throughout, the author recites a litany of four originating countries - Russia, Moldova, Romanian and Ukraine - but he is noticeably less critical in his book about the responsibilities of these countries for protecting women from the traffickers. Malarek mostly indicts the West, the regions of the world where the demand for the sexual services of enslaved women is driving the trade in human flesh. The UN is also criticized for not doing enough to address the issue. He cites the fact that nearly seven years were devoted just to defining what trafficking is. If it takes that long to come to consensus on a definition, how long will it take to decide on taking action against it?

    UN peacekeepers in Europe are harshly criticized by Malarek as enablers and abusers. Although one of the stories Malarek tells has a Ukrainian contingent aiding in a rescue operation at a brothel that was holding women against their will, he said that in fact all peacekeepers including the Ukrainian ones are guilty of using the services of the sex slaves.

    The few individuals who have attempted to expose the abuses have been in one way or another prevented from speaking out or changing the status quo. One of these exceptions is Olexander Mazur, a Ukrainian police officer stationed in Europe at the time that Malarek was conducting his investigation. Mazur has been fighting a losing battle against the unjust practices that leave a woman powerless to defend herself, but he knows why. In Kosovo, "Mazur explains that the Albanian judge is faced with a case that pits his religion, his people and his culture against a woman he thinks of as nothing more than a whore. 'Also the pimp, this bar owner, is a nice guy, an upstanding person in the community. He is rich and he is helping to finance the Kosovo Liberation Army. So he is a hero. All this is connected.'"

    Ukraine's view in the early stages of the trafficking problem in the post-Soviet era was largely that the problem was not its responsibility. The women were, after all, living abroad. Although Ukraine has adopted anti-trafficking legislation, the law has yielded few arrests and even fewer penalties for those convicted. Ukrainian NGO La Strada had complained that the punishments meted out for those convicted were regarded as little more than slaps on the wrist. To be fair, most of the new (13-year-old post-Soviet) governments are faced with nearly insurmountable economic, social and health problems, such as the HIV/AIDS crisis, and trafficking may not be at the top of their list of matters to address (although this is no excuse for tolerating abusive behavior). To be honest, the attitudes in these countries are more often than not that the women would not be found in the slavery-like conditions if they had not "asked for it."

    People find it hard to believe that women could be duped so easily. "They can't be that stupid" is a phrase Malarek hears over and over again. Poverty and despair are the main reasons why women fall into the trap of being trafficked. Faced with few prospects for earning a living and feeding their children, abusive husbands, women choose what they perceive to be their only way out. Because of indifferent societies and left with few if any legal alternatives the women remain stuck with the choices they made, often branded for life.

    On the night before the U.S. launch of "Natashas", event organizer Roksolana Luchkan (center) meets with Tina Paul (left) who will reading exerpts from the book and author Victor Malarek.

    Legalization of prostitution (thus opening the doors to legal migration or trafficking of women from abroad) is not the solution, says Malarek. It solves nothing for the women. "The point is that they don't want to do this type of work," stresses Malarek. "Legalization only serves to obfuscate and confuse the issue," making it more difficult to determine which women actually were trafficked. In other words, it empowers the trafficker even more as victimization of the woman becomes legally sanctioned.

    "The Natashas" is a powerful portrayal of the seedy and dangerous world of sex trafficking, and Malarek's disdain for those who would rape or abuse women, children or the elderly is evident on every page. His bitterness towards such abuse coats every word he utters. Victor Malarek's deep feelings about such issues stem from his own upbringing - he spent much of his childhood and teen years in institutions for boys. Fighting for the underdog, as he puts it, comes naturally to him.

    Mr. Malarek has given the rights for translation and publication in Ukraine in order to make the book available for free in that country. He hopes that his book will act as a wake up call to the plight of the trafficked and abused victims, and to the pervasive hypocrisy surrounding the feeble attempts to address their needs.

    Victor Malarek, who is of Ukrainian descent, has been a journalist for more than thirty years and currently works as a reporter for CTV Television in Canada. "The Natashas" is dedicated to his 19-year-old daughter, Larissa.

    Copyright © 1997-2011 BRAMA, Inc. All rights reserved.
    The images and information contained in BRAMA News and BRAMA Press reports may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed without the prior written authority of BRAMA and/or author/photographer. The views and opinions of authors expressed on do not necessarily state or reflect the views of Brama - Gateway Ukraine or its officers, directors or associates.

    * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

    More BRAMA Press Releases -- Click Here
    Comments and observations about this article and other news
    may be posted to the BRAMA News & Politics Comment Board


    Ukraine video timeline: a year of protests and violence. Daily Telegraph 2/21/2015

    Nadiya Savchenko's speech in Basmanny Court, Moscow, 10.02.2015 (Voices of Ukraine)

    Joe Biden: Don’t tell us. Show us, President Putin. 2/7/2015 Munich Security Conference

    Speech by President of Ukraine at the Munich Security conference Feb 7 2015

    #FreeSavchenko video by Adriana Luhovy [Twitter storm Jan 26 2015]


    Twitter storm day Jan 26 2015

    Live map of Ukraine

    Ukraine Today TV LIVE on Youtube

    Live map of Ukraine

    Live map of Ukraine

    Timothy Snyder: Ukrainian History, European Future. Timothy D. Snyder is a well-known historian and professor of history at Yale University. Speaking at the National University 'Kyiv-Mohyla Academy' on May 15, 2014 on deep connection and strong bonds between Ukrainian and European history.

    Громадське радіо

    Громадське радіо

    Громадське телебачення

    Громадське телебачення

    Facebook Євромайдан

    Facebook Євромайдан

    Happy Kyiv (inspired by Pharrell Williams 'Happy')

    Inauguration of Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko, June 7, 2014

    The Kyiv Post

    День The Day Newspaper

    Експрес онлайн -- Львів

    Voice of America/Голос Америки

    Mirror Weekly/Дзеркало Тижня


    Foto I |  Foto II |  Slideshow

    World Issues
     ·  Afghanistan
     ·  Iran
     ·  Iraq
     ·  Afghanistan
     ·  Iran
     ·  Iraq

    Climate Effects
     ·  Global Warming
     ·  Hurricanes
     ·  Earthquake
     ·  Bird Flu
     ·  Climate Change
     ·  Hurricanes
     ·  Earthquake
     ·  Bird Flu

    Nasha knopka Наша кнопка

    Yushchenko 2009 (NYC)
    Yushchenko 2008 (NYC)
    Genocide (NYC)
    Rushnyk (NYC)
    more ...

    Video: OC Yushchenko speech
    Video: Orange Circle Yushchenko
    Video: Heritage Days
    more ...

    more ... ]  

    ** Special: [Ukrainian Holidays and Traditions] [SHOP UKRAINIAN] [POLITICS]

    BRAMA Home -- BRAMA in Ukrainian -- Calendar -- UkraiNEWStand -- Community Press -- Search BRAMA -- Arts/Culture -- Business -- CLASSIFIEDS -- Compute/Software -- Social Issues -- Education -- Fun -- Law -- e-LISTS&BB's -- Nova Khvylia (New Wave) -- SPORTS -- Travel -- Ukraine -- Government -- Diaspora Directory -- Suggest a Link -- Report a dead link -- About BRAMA - WebHosting - Domains - Advertising -- What's New? -- GOOGLE-- Yahoo!
    Copyright © 1997-2011 BRAMA,, Inc. All Rights Reserved.