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2015 (Narrative date)

There are an estimated 136,000 people living on conditions of modern slavery in the United Kingdom (Global Slavery Index 2018). According to the 2017 annual figures provided by the National Crime Agency, 5, 145 potential victims of modern slavery were referred through the National Referral Mechanism in 2017, of whom 2,454 were female, 2688 were male and 3 were transgender, with 41% of all referrals being children at the time of exploitation. People are subjected to slavery in the UK in the form of domestic servitude, labour exploitation, organ harvesting and sexual exploitation, with the largest number of potential victims originating from Albania, China, Vietnam and Nigeria. This data however does not consider the unknown numbers of victims that are not reported.

Emelia was trafficked from Romania to the UK by a man who kept her for 3 months. Subjected to sexual violence, she was forced into prostitution where she was raped by at least seven or eight men daily. Emelia was able to escape after borrowing a girl’s phone and calling her parents. However, the man who trafficked her escaped the police and she remains is scared of retribution

[He had sex with me] just once, by force. Yes.

He told me I wasn’t making enough money. So he found me a job as a prostitute in a sauna or a brothel. On my first day there when a client arrived, I refused to do what they asked me to do so the owner beat me up.

[I saw] at least 7-8 men.

12 girls [were working there]

Yes [all of them were trafficked]

I paid a girl in the brothel and used her mobile to call home. My parents got in touch with the Romanian police, and they contacted the British police.

I was out with his wife shopping. When we got back to the apartment, the police were already there.

Yes, they took her [his wife] the same day as me. He got away.


Narrative as told to Ross Kemp for the series Ross Kemp Extreme World. All credit given.