Cover Osteuropa 6/2006

In Osteuropa 6/2006

Everybody Takes What He Wants
The Sexual Exploitation of Women and Children in a Czech Border Re-gion

Cathrin Schauer

Deutsche Fassung


“Paradise” for sexually voracious German men lies just over the German-Czech border. By contrast, this “paradise” is often hell for the women and children from whom they can buy sex on the cheap. Many of these women and children see in prostitution a way out of a life without prospects. The difficult economic situation in some regions of Central and Eastern Europe is driving women into the hands of unscrupulous pimps, human traffickers and sex tourists and leading families to turnover their children to strangers as sexual playmates. The consequences for those affected, as well as for society as a whole, are devastating.

(Osteuropa 6/2006, pp. 235–254)