||Social taboos and economic desperation fuel child trafficking. Ten years ago, I glimpsed the problem when I was riding in a taxi through the village of Assinovskaya in Chechnya. I saw six children standing in a line beside a wooden fence. When I wondered why they were standing there, the taxi driver answered, "To be sold." The driver said that mothers were unable to take care of the children, so they sold them to well-off people. "One girl has already been sold," he said. "She was nice and beautiful with fair hair. They bought her because she was very small. These ones are bigger and no one wants to buy them."