Russia is suffering from it's worst syphilis epidemic this century.
Experts blame the increase on a growth in poverty, and the consequent increase in prostitution.
Doctors are calling for more education in schools on condom use, but many schools feel the children are not ready for sex education.
A police jeep rounds up another group of prostitutes from the streets of Moscow.
These officers aren't only fighting the city's booming market in prostitution - they're also trying to fight the city's syphilis epidemic.
The disease has become rampant in Russia.
The are fifty times as many cases as five years ago and it's become the capital's biggest epidemic.
These girls will lose a night's takings -- about 200 U-S dollars -- as they're forced to spend their time in a holding cell.
They say they're getting all the blame for the outbreak.
"It's not our fault. They pay us money and we work. And on top of that we get infected."
SUPER CAPTION: "Anya", prostitute
But prostitution is legal in Russia, and the police have to let the women out after a night behind bars.
As daylight breaks, Moscow's Central Clinic for Venereal Decease welcomes a new group of syphilis patients.
The clinic's chief doctor has been fighting syphilis in Russia for the past fifty years.
He says both the disease and prostitution will continue to rocket if Russia doesn't improve its shaky economy.
"Our society has split into parts, creating rich and poor people. Those who are rich, those who can pull out wads of cash from their pockets, can buy any poor girl there is, for as much as they want. It's very easy now. And the poor girl wants to be bought because she needs the money. That's why the transfer of infection happens very fast."
SUPER CAPTION: Sergei Berlin, head doctor
The doctors in this clinic stay very busy -- they treat hundreds of syphilis patients every day -- with new patients arriving every ten minutes.
There are 256 syphilis cases for every 100-thousand people in Russia, compared to one case for every 100-thousand people in the United States.
Health officials agree that the way to beat the epidemic is to educate young people about condom use.
But specialists think its still too early to start installing condom dispensers in school bathrooms.
They say students wouldn't be ready for such a radical step in sex education.