Abstract from Politics & Internet Congress

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Subject: Abstract from Politics & Internet Congress
From: Jyothi Kanics (jkanics@igc.apc.org)
Date: Thu Jan 07 1999 - 14:36:08 EST


Use of the Internet for Trafficking in Women from Russia

      The second title of this paper could be The Internet & Women's Migration:
      New Prospects and New Risks. Recently Russia is getting more and more
      involved into a global business connected with international traffic in
      women for the purpose of sexual exploitation and prostitution. Russia
      appears to have a double status of being one of the main "supplier" of
      women for foreign sex-markets and at the same time one of the world
      centers hosting women from CIS and Asia countries. Russian women
      become visible in both Western and Eastern sex markets, in mass media, on
      the Internet sites. This paper is an attempt to analyse the role of the
      Internet as a facilitator or a promoter of traffic in women from
Russia, on
      the one hand, and as a tool to support legal and safe migration of people,
      on the other hand. Different types of documents on the Internet related to
      sexual exploitation of women are to be analysed: bride trafficking, sex
      tourism, prostitutes recruitment and brothels guides. From the other side,
      the initiatives which support legal migration for women are to be
      documented on the Internet. Accessibility of the Internet resources and
      services for all agents of migration and trafficking is to be
analysed: for
      women, businessmen-traffickers, state and private agencies. Paper is based
      on the profound content analysis of the Internet resources related to the
      topic and on the results of special sample and interview survey in
Russia.

      Elena Tiuriukanova
      Institute for Socio-Economic Studies of Population Russian Academy of
      Sciences 32, Nakhimovsky prospekt, Moscow 117218, Russia
      Tel. (+7 095) 332 45 34 Fax: (+7 095) 129 08 01
      E-mail: isepp@glas.apc.org


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