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All that glisters

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: (Published 14 September 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b3734
  1. Mary E Black, public health physician, Belgrade, Serbia
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    The doctor sat in front of a computer, concentrating hard as she considered how to explain a two year gap in her CV. Nothing unusual there, you might think. Many of us take career breaks, but this doctor’s illegal migration in search of a job in western Europe had gone badly wrong, and she had been trafficked and forced to have sex with 10 or more men a night while her young daughter waited without news in Moldova. I met her while helping organise entrepreneurship training for trafficked women in Belgrade. …

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