Checking in to Europe’s largest illegal drugs supermarket

With the help of a priest, we search for a new class of east European addicts who steal for heroin in Madrid’s Cañada Real by Michael Bird, Vlad Odobescu and Feliciano Tisera. Illustrations by Sorina Vazelina. Published in The Black Sea   Madrid’s underground station of Embajadores is a crowded junction with a fountain gushing […]

“Many girls thought it would be a game where they make love to one man and then another”

We shadow Romanian outreach worker Carmen Farauanu as she helps the international streetwalkers of Naples Text by Michael Bird, Vlad Odobescu and Cecilia Ferrara. Illustration by Sorina Vazelina Published here on The Black Sea   Near the Garibaldi station in Naples, on the Via Galileo Ferraris, is a church with a cross illuminated in bright […]

“It’s so painful to realise we are victims”

Women trafficked from Romania to Spain for sex reveal the path from tragedy to recovery. Published here on The Black Sea Text by Feliciano Tisera, Vlad Odobescu and Michael Bird Illustrations by Sorina Vazelina “When they start to rape you, you stay quiet, as you don’t want to be killed. You stay completely paralyzed by fear, […]

What we learned from Marine Le Pen and her nationalist friends’ visit to Romania

A posting from The Black Sea, available here   They are against the EU, the ‘Islamisation’ of Europe and open borders. They don’t like to be called extremists. They want to be called radicals. They can command up to a third of the votes in their countries. Last weekend they came to one of the […]

Moldovan energy intermediary company linked to “billion-dollar bank theft” scandal

A controversial supplier of electricty from the frozen conflict zone of Transnistria to Moldova has an ownership structure linked to companies involved in a “billion dollar theft” from Moldova’s banking system in 2014 A preliminary investigative report into Moldova’s energy troubles published in The Black Sea and across dozens of the largest news sites in Moldova […]

Crimea – where Russia’s war on drugs has deadly consequences

Up to 100 recovering drug users have died in Crimea since Russia seized the Ukrainian peninsular and banned their medication A feature published in The Black Sea, The Influence (USA) and Matters of Substance (NZ) magazines   Surrounded by seaside resorts, Crimea has been both a magnet for holidaymakers and drug users (picture copyright: Petrut Calinescu)   “I had to abandon home, […]