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​Natalya responded to an advert in a Russian newspaper offering employment opportunities in the UK.  She was expecting to work as an au pair or in a hotel, but instead when she arrived she was told she would be working as a prostitute. An organised crime gang then told her she owed them £80,000 for transporting her to England. Her passport was taken off her by a man named Anton; he also kept all the money she earned in the West London brothels where she was being sexually exploited day after day.



Karolina grew up in a small village in Albania, in a loving and supportive family. She met and fell in love with a man she believed loved her and was happy to travel with him to Italy where he said they would have a better life together. But after a couple of months her so-called boyfriend drugged her and smuggled her to the UK, hiding in the back of a lorry. When she arrived here Karolina found herself in a dirty room, which she was not allowed to leave. The man she thought loved her had become her trafficker. Daily he would beat her with a belt and burn her skin with cigarettes. Hurt, weak and with no one to help her, he forced Karolina to have sex with strangers while he collected their money.

 

Bien is a boy from Vietnam. When his mother fell ill, the family needed to take a loan out to cover the cost of her healthcare. In return, Bien was told that he needed to come to the United Kingdom to work off the loan. On his arrival Bien was initially forced to work as a domestic servant but later was moved to a cannabis factory, where he cultivated plants throughout the day and night.

After a police raid, Bien was arrested and prosecuted for the offences that he had committed while under coercion from his traffickers. Although he was eventually identified as a victim of trafficking, he remained very fearful of those who had exploited him. Desperate to return to his family, Bien was devastated to learn about the threats his family were receiving in his home country, shortly after his rescue. As a result, he became very frightened for their safety and disappeared from local authority care; he is presumed to be back in the hands of his traffickers.

 

Elizabeth thought she was being brought to UK from Nigeria to go to school. But when she got here she was forced by her trafficker to be a domestic servant. She was not allowed to leave the house or to eat meals with the family. She was made to do extremely long and arduous hours of housework in the home and was threatened with being sent back to Nigeria if she didn’t do exactly as she was told.

Elizabeth was raped and sexually assaulted by the man and woman who trafficked her and by another friend of theirs. She became pregnant and was forced to have an abortion. Her traffickers beat her and took away her passport. They told Elizabeth they had spent a lot of money transporting her to the UK that she needed to repay. 

Eventually, after her female trafficker died, her children forced Elizabeth out onto the streets. Thankfully she was able to find help.

 

Names and some elements of these stories have been changed to protect the individuals concerned.

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