Girls from Chaka Street (1998)
Directed by Antra Cilinska
The flourishing sex industry in Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia first took off after1991 when the Baltic countries gained their independence from the former Soviet Union and opened their borders to the outside world. Living standards crashed,unemployment soared, and young – often underage – girls could earn more in a night on the street than a trained doctor could in a month. This chilling film looks at the forces that drive young girls onto the streets, the physical and psychological risks they run, and the growing involvement of the Mafia in lucrative sex trafficking. This film is one of a four part series called"A Question of Rights."
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