The Republic of Moldova is the poorest country in Europe and has the highest human trafficking figures in the region.
One in six adults has left the country to work abroad, most illegally.
The remittances they send home reduce poverty but there is a price to pay.
One in nine children are growing up with only one parent and a third of these are in the care of a relative or are simply abandoned.
In this week's Crossing Continents, we tell the powerful story of 16-year-old Anna, who was abandoned by her mother, Galina, when she was trafficked out of the country seven years ago.
As mother and daughter re-forge their relationship, what can be done to prevent Anna from following in her mother's footsteps?
BBC Radio 4's Crossing Continents was broadcast on Thursday, 12 April 2007 at 1102 BST.
It was repeated on Monday, 16 April 2007 at 2030 BST.
Presenter: Olenka Frenkiel
Producer: Julia Rooke
Editor: Sue Ellis