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Each year hundreds of women are taken from their homes and forced into a life of prostitution and sexual slavery. This is the story of ten of them. A Belgian criminal gang head east to Lithuania to recruit young women desperate to leave their impoverished lives. Promising a glamorous life as members of a stage dance troupe, the girls are eager to sign up. From the training in Cyprus, to the strip clubs and illegal brothers in Belgium, the girls from the start are forced into a life of rape, abuse, murder and misery. The police are slow and corrupt, and the gangsters are always one step ahead of the law.
Matroesjka's season 1 episodes list:
Women Trafficker Ray Van Mechelen and his right hand Mark Camps are holding Auditions in Vilnius, Lithuania. They claim they are looking for dancers to tour top dancings in Belgium, Netherland and Germany. A local "Scout" has to earn the girls trust. Meanwhile in the Belgium city "Doel" 2 bodies from young Russian women were found. All tracks lead to Ray Van Mechelen's Gang. The police brought in Mike Simons for questioning (One of Van mechelen's accomplices), who offers to talk in return for protection. Inspector Clem Doesn't believe him. In Vilnius nicos (A Belgian Reporter) is trying to convince the girls not to accept Van Mechelen's Offer, but without luck. Kasandra, One of the candidates starts to think something is fishy when Van Mechelen tries to let her sign a Greek artist contract. She Contacts the local police, Her best friend Daria on the other hand wants to get out of Lithuania at any cost. She signs the contract and gives her passport to Mark Camps to keep it safe.
On Cyprus the girls receive "dancing classes" and all of a sudden all illusions are gone. They are forced to strip in a local nightclubs. 2 girls, Olga and Deborah where able to escape. Mike Simons meanwhile has showed remorse for what he had done, Inspector Clem still remains sceptic about his willingness to talk, he refuses to offer him protection. Reporter Nico Meas publishes a revealing article about Women Trafficking and the negligence of the Belgian police to do anything about it. Vincent Dockx is arrested for the murder of the 2 Russian women. Ray Van Mechelen gets nervous and steps in.
De cops soon close the case of the murder on Mike Simons. Laura suspects that Clem De Donder is passing along information to the gang of Ray Van Mechelen. The group of East-European women arrive in Antwerpen. They are not allowed to leave the night club. Van Mechelen makes it very clear what he expects of the girls. Already on the first night things go wrong, Deborah has assaulted one of the customers. The gang decides to sell her.
The gang removes the Russian Inga from a bar in Limburg and brings her back to Studio 69. Inga was part of the last East-European girls shipment. Kalinka is not happy of her return. Daria convinces Nico Maes to smuggle out a letter from the club. He gets caught, as long as Deborah refuses to respond to her new owners advances she is locked in the attic. John Dockx discovers that Jan Verplancke regularly lets Esther work in a bar. That is against the rules. Ray and Vincent decide to teach him a lesson.
The gang wants to sell 6 girls to a club owner from Netherlands. Mark Camps has to negotiate the price. He lets himself be brided. The cops raid Studio 69, but the gang was tipped of. Kalinka and Inga are being taken in for questioning. The position of is getting unbearable. Even Laura doesn't trust him anymore. Esther gets her stuff from Jan Verplancke, Who is out for revenge.
Irena goes into hiding at Peter Jones, the handyman from the club. His wife is all but happy about this, she contacts the cops. Clem De Donder is being suspended by internal affaires. The cops suspect him to be the person who gave the tip about the club raid. Jan Verplancke "accepted" back into the gang by Ray. Nico Maes writes another revealing story on the front page of the newspaper. The gang gets more nervous and get Esther to hear him out.
The girls have been in Belgium for 3 months now. The cops are keeping a close eye on Studio 69. The customers are being systematically checked after leaving the club and stay away. The Gang is starting to have money problems. Ray Van Mechelen Asks Jan Verplancke to start an escort service. A customer falls in love with Eva. He wants to buy her contract. After a skirmish with the cops Ray and Vincent are arrested.
Ray and Vincent more frequently disagree about the management of the club. Vincent wants ray out. He makes a lucrative offer to Jan and Eddy. Daria's savings money has disappeared. The other girls suspect Deborah. Wim Wilson has bought Eva's contract from the gang. He introduces Eva to his parents, but they are not happy at all. Vincent and Ray find themselves in an open conflict.
3 months later... Eva has a job in a snack bar. Nice Maes has convinced her to talk to the cops, but Eva refuses to press charges against the gang. After the incident with Vincent The relation between Ray and John has cooled off. The trust between the gang members is very low. Daria finds our her best friend Kasandra is murdered in Vilnius, which was ordered by Ray. After another raid in Studio 69, numerous girls were arrested. There seemed to be a problem with their visa. Eddy Stoefs and Ray Van Mechelen are arrested and accused of Women Trafficking, Assault and pimping.
After the funeral of John Dockx, Vincent and Ray have a difficult conversation. Ray does a proposition. Eddy gets in more trouble, he is being accused of messing with the accounting. Jan Verplancke now strongly plays his intriguer role. Ray kicks out Kalinka. Kalinka now feels humiliated and is out for revenge and of course she knows a lot about the illegal practices of Ray and his gang.
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