With few jobs available due to failing factories and unfinanced business ideas, large numbers of Moldovan citizens are pressured to look for work abroad.
Directly effecting young individuals who do not have a strong education or support network (orphans, victims of domestic violence, and new parents), those who are seeking employment in foreign countries will often accept risky, unreported jobs waiting tables, housekeeping, or working construction.
It is from these jobs many are trafficked, either by coercion or by force, unwillingly beginning a life of slavery. If orphans, these victims are unlikely to have anyone reporting them missing or conducting a search for their rescue. If the individuals do escape, the trafficking cycle often repeats itself when the children of these victims grow up and feel left with no option other than to take the risk of seeking work abroad.