Moldovan Girls Waiting for Sponsorship for the Orphan Transition Program


Valentina is from a small village in southern Moldova.  When she was young, she saw her mother taken in the night by traffickers.  That was many years ago.  She never saw her mother again.  Her grandfather had to place her in an orphanage because he felt he could not care for her needs adequately.  To deal with the pain of losing his daughter to traffickers and his granddaughter to the orphanage, he turned to alcohol. Valentina has lived most of her life in the orphanage. When she finished ninth grade, she was scared she would have nowhere to go.  She found a place in a project and is now finishing 12th grade and has dreams to study education and one day open her own preschool center.  


Ana is from a town in northern Moldova.  Her parents disappeared when she was younger. She was raised in a children's home and thankfully had workers who loved her. When she reached ninth grade, the time of transition in Moldova, she found a place to stay and is studying to be a secretary. She has bigger dreams than this though, wanting to study foreign languages at university.


Trade school isn't always the best answer in Moldova.  Young women are encouraged to attend professional schools and learn to sew, but, often times, they lack the credentials needed for further education and employment.  Larissa finished sewing school last year and was disappointed at the lack of opportunities it brought because it was the equivalent of only 11th grade.  After searching for months, she found a night school to attend to finish her high school education and pursue her dream of attending university.   While the cost is of university tuition at $400 a year may seem low to others outside Moldova, the cost to a Moldovan is very high. 

Russian Brothel bust

The following is a recent article written by Constantinos Psillides that describes a Russian-owned brothel uncovered in Palodia, Cyprus:

THE 44-year old Russian owner of a high-end brothel that looked like an ancient Greek palace was remanded by the Limassol District Court for six days, following a late night raid on Tuesday that ended with several arrests.

Thirteen women were among those arrested, along with two other men that acted as security guards. Initially, 18 women had been held, but according to the police five of them were employees and the rest seem to have engaged in sexual acts.

The brothel was masking as a luxury spa and wellness centre, according to the police. The establishment is located near the village of Palodia, in the Limassol district.

According to the police, at around 11pm on Tuesday, two undercover officers paid €50 euros each to gain access to the establishment’s facilities, such as spa treatments, massage and jacuzzi. Police said that the two men were told that if they wanted to have sex with one of the women there they should pay an additional €50. The officers then identified themselves and notified the Immigration Services, the Limassol Criminal Investigation Department and the Limassol Crime Prevention Unit to conduct a thorough search of the facility.

The search yielded a number of condoms, the sum of €1,885, a variety of electronic devices and a laptop. Police also found two grams of cannabis.

The women from Bulgaria, Romania, Moldova and Morocco were taken to the Limassol police headquarters.

According to their website, the spa centre “focused on providing relaxing services with the highest levels of customer satisfaction – we will do everything we can to meet your expectations.”

The spa centre was modelled after Greek-roman bath houses and the women working there were dressed in tunics, an option that was also available to the clients. The front of the spa centre was built to look like the Parthenon.

Laws governing prostitution in Cyprus are extremely complicated. While it is perfectly legal for a woman to work as a prostitute, she is forbidden from looking for clients, lest she is arrested for solicitation. When it comes to women working in cabarets or other establishments where prostitution takes place, the crime lies with forcing women to have sex with clients and the actual act of solicitation. Paying for sex is not a crime by Cyprus law.

A police source told the Cyprus Mail that women found working in these establishments are put in witness protection programmes, in exchange for testimony against the people that forced them to have sex. Once the trial is completed – more often than not, according to the source — the women are deported back to their country of origin.