From The Publisher: Jun. 21, 1993

We at TIME have always taken pride in our tradition of group journalism. By pooling the talents of correspondents based on six continents, we are able to bring to our stories a scope and perspective that few other newsgathering organizations can match. One particularly satisfying example of the technique is this week's special report about a global sex trade so broad in its reach that few corners of the earth remain untouched by its depredations.

Relying on reports from 26 locations round the globe, our story tracks this new slave trade from Nepal's Himalayan villages to the mining towns of the...

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