Since I got to work, I’ve done nothing but read new features about human trafficking on the BBC website.
My name is Nicoleta, from Romania, and my life has been very hard. When I was 18 I was trafficked into prostitution in the UK where I worked 11 hours a day, seven days a week, for over three years.
I was made to work during my period, was often not fed so I did not become “fat”, and had to have sex without a condom.
I do not feel like Nicoleta anymore.
I was kept locked in the house for two weeks. He raped and slapped me every day. He also bought me make up and sexy clothes and made me watch sex films.
After two weeks he took me to my first brothel, where I was forced to have sex with men I did not know.
I had to work from 11am to 10pm every day, even during my periods, and I often had to give oral sex without a condom. I had to do my best because if the customer complained I would be beaten.
Sometimes they did not let me eat at night because they did not want me to get fat, so I was often hungry.
I was taken to a variety of brothels and saunas, but never allowed out alone. I did not try to escape; they threatened that they would inject me with drugs, or cut my sister’s hands and legs off if I did anything like that.
Eventually, the police raided the flat I was in, and I was taken into custody and then to the Poppy Project.
I have very bad back pain now, and painful periods. I had Chlamydia and pelvic problems. I can’t eat, I can’t concentrate and I can’t sleep, although I am very tired. I have nightmares in the day as well as in the night.
My name is Rosemary from Nigeria, and I am 19 years old.
I ran away from my stepmother on my 18th birthday after she tried to force me to be circumcised.
I refused and so she beat me, and burnt me with a hot iron on the insides of my thighs as punishment.
I flew on my own to the UK, on a false passport. I was given a telephone number and told to call it when I arrived.
The plane ticket was arranged by the man and he told me I may have to pay him back once I got to the UK – but he didn’t say how much.
When I called the phone number I was given an address and went there by taxi. Two men lived there, with another woman like me.
They made me watch pornographic films, telling me that’s why I was here. They raped me again and again and I was kept locked in a room 24 hours a day.
I was only allowed out to go to the toilet. They brought food to the room, but they didn’t feed me if they were angry with me for something.
I had to have sex with five to ten men every day, in the bed I slept in at night. If I disagreed or tried to refuse, they beat me up.
Sometimes I asked the customers for help but they just laughed at me.
Finally the other woman in the house helped me to escape and I went to the police.
I am free now but I am scared to go out. I have severe depression and I can’t sleep, with nightmares and hallucinations. I can’t eat properly and I am still afraid.
There must be countless stories like this. I don’t know what to say. I feel sick.