Katia (last name withheld) and her husband Viorel were four months pregnant when she was taken. Award-winning filmmaker Ric Bienstock has produced and directed a diverse and eclectic range of films.
She was one of the many women kidnapped and sent to places like Europe, the Middle East and the United States, where they are often "owned" by violent pimps, repeatedly raped, beaten and sold to other buyers. Her credits include Impact of Terror, about a suicide bombing in Israel; Penn & Teller's Magic and Mystery Tour, a three-part series taking Penn & Teller to the back streets of China, India and Egypt on a wild and unpredictable odyssey in search of extraordinary magicians; Boxing: In and Out of the Ring, an inside look at the business of boxing; The Money Shot, a revealing behind-the-scenes look at the hard-core pornography industry; Ebola: Inside an Outbreak, a thorough ground-zero investigation of an Ebola outbreak in Zaire and Ms. Ric Bienstock: Yes, Katia was sent back to Moldova by her traffickers.
All of these factors contribute to the fear they have of attempting to escape. I am interested in helping her and saw the information about the trust fund set up by the Canadian production company.
_______________________ Des Moines, Iowa: I was very moved by the report. Ric Bienstock: We have been keeping in touch with the women who participated in the film.
The language and imagery used in these racially charged texts is intolerable and counter to the character and ethics we expect of our student body.
An investigation into the posts began immediately and is ongoing.
Today, school administrators have reached out to members of their diverse communities and staff to reiterate that the district views the language and imagery used as intolerable and that the fullest extent of disciplinary consequences available to us will be taken to underscore the severity of these actions.
And on this episode of Cracked Gets Personal, our hosts Robert Evans and Brandon Johnson talk to two of them.
You’ll hear from a woman who was tricked, and then forced, to work as a prostitute against her will.