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Brothel survivor is bound for U.S.



Published: Sat, April 23, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.



DALLAS (AP) -- A woman who broke her back after jumping out a sixth-story window to escape a Turkish brothel was expected to be flown here Saturday for surgery, an arrangement hatched by three lawmakers who hope to bring attention to child-sex trafficking overseas.

Aurica, a 19-year-old from Moldova whose last name has not been made public, was discovered in a shelter by three U.S. congresswomen who visited the European country to learn more about the thousands of women they said are forced into brothels each year.

Rep. Deborah Pryce, R-Ohio, has introduced a bill that would make it a federal crime for Americans to enter such brothels.

"It's a very haunting experience to me," Pryce said in Saturday's editions of the Columbus Dispatch. "We don't know what her prognosis will be. But the doctor in Dallas has reviewed her medical records and believes she can make a significant [recovery]."

Reps. Kay Granger, R-Texas, and Thelma Drake, R-Va., joined Pryce on the European trip last month.

Aurica had been told that she would never walk again. Her home country is located between Romania and Ukraine.




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