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Albania is the central source of female cargo for Europe's brutal prostitution trade

By Daniel Renton   June 2001

at the beginning of March an elderly man shuffled into my office at Save the Children in Tirana, Albania. He was tall, gaunt, shabbily dressed, and smelled of goat. He pressed his calloused hands around mine, then laid his palm flat on his chest-a warm gesture accompanied by a litany of humble Albanian greetings. I helped him into a chair. He was frail and plainly exhausted, having travelled for most of the day to tell me how he lost his daughters.

I had heard about Eduardo Leka from a teacher in Fushe Arrez, a pitiful huddle of communist tower blocks…

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