Sex slaves for sale

A report on women being auctioned at British airports.

Published June 6, 2006 11:30AM (EDT)

A Crown Prosecution Service investigation has revealed a rise in the public sale of women who have been smuggled into the United Kingdom to be sex slaves. Those public auctions are apparently happening in airports; the CPS reports news of a woman-auction in front of a coffee shop in the Gatwick arrivals hall. Women have also been sold at what the CPS director Nazir Afzal called "slave auctions" at Heathrow and Stansted airports.

By Rebecca Traister

Rebecca Traister writes for Salon. She is the author of "Big Girls Don't Cry: The Election that Changed Everything for American Women" (Free Press). Follow @rtraister on Twitter.

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