(Yes, I’m trying to get some hits with that title.)
The Sun-Times articles I mentioned below include a story about some apparent Russian mob types who brought several Latvian women to Chicago with promises of big money for go-go dancing and then forced them to work in all-nude strip clubs and took all their money. The situation apparently came apart when the women began to realize that their captors did not control the police here the way they did in Latvia. The women were all freed and U.S. attorney Terry Kinney put the leader in jail with an extremely rare conviction for the crime of slavery.
While playing “sex slave” may make your marriage more exciting (so I’ve heard), in real life it’s just pathetic and sad. Yes, organized crime really does hurt innocent people.
Looking back, this story is strange for two reasons. First, although the article calls them “sex slaves,” there’s no indication here or in other articles I found that the women were forced to have sex with anyone. It seems unlikely to me that a newspaper would be squeamish about reporting rape or forced prostitution if that’s what happened. Second, there’s no clear connection between this story and the Chicago mob. The perpetrators here were Russians. I guess the Sun-Times just wanted to add a little sex to the story series.