Women from Russia and the former Soviet Union work as hostesses, exotic dancers and call girls in places as diverse as Istanbul, Macao, Tokyo, Dubai, Berlin, Tel Aviv and New York.
A growing number of Russian women are showing up at hostess bars and other places where prostitutes are known to hang out.
Many prostitution rings have connections with the police and former KGB.
Those that don't, often monitor police radios for upcoming raids by understaffed vice squads.
One girl was strangled to death by her pimp when she refused to turn over a $25 tip to him.