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Georgia sells women’s bodies2011-05-23 12:33
Tender friendship between Georgia and Turkey, as it is presented, is constantly overclouded by all kinds of sad incidents like Sergey Bagapsh's visit to Ankara where he was received at a high level, or detentions of Georgian citizens illegally crossing the Turkish-Georgian border. Despite repeated calls of the authorities to stop bringing the country to shame, people obstinately leave for Europe. Today's news is the limit: it turns out that a Georgian company sells Georgian women to Turkey.
How much does it cost for a passportless woman to come to a country known for its consumer attitude to women? The question can be found in Sitkva da Sakme (Word and Deed) newspaper announcements. As it turns out, the price is USD 130. This is the amount that women pay to get to Turkey without documents and rather dubious prospects of employment.
One would think that sounds like a 1990s story when female citizens of the former USSR were looking for dolce vita in the East and West and found themselves in bordellos without passports. Apparently, Georgia is slow in its development. There is no other explanation for weird advertisements from an unknown person that promises jobs in Istanbul for women aged 20-55. Strange enough, these announcements do not attract attention of the police. They are interesting for naïve citizens of Sakartvelo that pay USD 130, give their passports to unknown people and go to Turkey's nowhere by bus.
However, this is not naivety. Most probably, this is real despair that makes them take this risky decision. What do they have in Georgia unable to provide reliable jobs and decent salaries? It is not incidental that Real TV channel that presented the story on Georgian female "slaves" abroad specifies that most of them were unemployed. They rushed to Turkish "captivity" to earn at least something. Do women understand what they do? Yes, most probably. And this is the most thundering knock for Saakashvili's regime.
It is cynically specified in the article that the run-aways who got back to the motherland "do not go to relevant authorities to file an application on labor exploitation". Because they were not kidnapped: they went to Turkey to sell themselves quite consciously. They even paid for that. It looks nonsense: we live in the 21st century, with all these TV channels and newspapers speaking about democracy and development, while people pay money for an employment illusion abroad.