KYRGYZSTAN: More than 60 trafficked women detained This is interesting. Some of them had no idea they were going for sex work, some did. But, in my experience, even the women who know they’re traveling for sex work expect to be prostitutes, not slaves.

Many Uzbeks, even sophisticated people from Tashkent, have no idea just how bad the world can be. It’s a good thing, I suppose, that life here is safe enough that people don’t need to know. A friend of a friend went to Germany to marry a man she’d met in Tashkent and known for three days. Her friends were worried about her, but they were worried he’d refuse to marry her, or turn out to be a bad husband. I was worried he’d chain her to the wall in his basement and rent her out to his friends.