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'Brothels on wheels' in New York City

Many trafficking victims are smuggled from Mexico to New York City, where they are made to work 12-hour shifts, servicing 25-30 men a day.

Some women live in brothels, only leaving when their pimps move them to a new location.

The National Trafficking Resource Center estimates each brothel makes on average $5,250 a week per woman.

Other women have their services advertised on what are called "chica cards." They are delivered to a customer's house by a driver.

Frequently the women are assaulted by their pimps and their customers.

Produced by the BBC's Laura Trevelyan and David Botti

  • 16 May 2012