Thursday, March 22, 2007

UK: British Women "Threatened With Sale"


Many trafficking victims are from Eastern Europe. The UK is the main destination for Lithuanians. Others are from Asia, Africa and South America.

UNITED KINGDOM -- The figures are startling.

An estimated 4,000 trafficked women are thought to be working in the British sex trade at any one time, having arrived from across the world.

The majority willingly travel here from eastern Europe, west Africa and south-east Asia with the promise of jobs, more money and a better way of life.

What they end up as are commodities. Coerced, often forced, to work as prostitutes, they are moved from address to address, city to city, by the gangs that control them.

They have little chance of escape, let alone the life they were promised, and live in constant fear of being "sold" on to another gang.

But according to those on the frontline trying to help these women, it is not a threat confined to foreign nationals - some believe it is a two way street.

In short: British women are being threatened with being sold abroad...

READ THE FULL ARTICLE AT BBC.co.uk


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