Young woman ‘abducted, locked in room and forced to sleep with 16 men a day’

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A young woman bravely shared her ordeal at the hands of a sex trafficking gang who kidnapped her, locked her in a room and forced to sleep with 16 men in one night.

Natalie – who goes by another name – revealed she feared she would be killed if she was moved across the UK as the group took over her home. She was only 19 years old at the time, reports Wales Online.

She explained that she has never seen a dime from her 18 months of sex work that has left her hooked on drugs and sex and stuff.

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Reflecting on what went through, Natalie said: “It was the most traumatic time of my life, I had tasers in front of me. At the time, I didn’t realize how bad it really was. It was a gang that kidnapped me and held me captive. I was stuck in my bedroom with a lock on the door and they took over my house. I wasn’t there for 18 months and it was like a drug hub, I wasn’t sure what was going on.”

She said the gang that kidnapped her had been active for 20 years and that she was vulnerable as a victim of child abuse and naive about how they operated. She said: “I was taken to Liverpool, that was probably the scariest time. That was the first time I was tied up. If I had spoken out I would have been killed and I thought my daughter would have it, it was crazy.”

She said she had become addicted to cocaine and that she was left in their debt and under their control and unable to escape. “I was addicted to coke at the time,” she says. “They saw how much money I was spending on cocaine – I was addicted to cocaine. I bought Coke from them. That’s how I got involved.. I was sold to the sex trade…. I needed someone to find me.”

Trafficked throughout Britain, she barely slept to meet the demands of her captors. The horror of being raped and abused was one she knew. “Sometimes I would have sex 15 or 16 times a day all day long,” she said. “I would only have two hours of sleep a day and not even that. Me and my partner would do things together and make more money. I should have threesomes and gangbangs. It was terrifying, especially the trauma.”

She added: “I was there for 18 months, it wasn’t just in that one city, it was everywhere. It wasn’t in one place. I was in Liverpool for six weeks, I was not allowed to go out, I was in a room. I think I went to the south of the country after that – it wasn’t that bad. It’s obviously bad, but I didn’t have any tasers in front of me – it wasn’t that harmful there. I was there for about four months, it was a normal house.

“London and Liverpool were the most terrifying. London was bad – it was worst than the city in the south. I was in London for about six months, all I would do is work. The whole time I didn’t sleep anyway and I couldn’t really sleep. After being gone for four months, I never thought anyone would find me.”

The cruel reality of her existence was finally revealed, but it was a struggle to speak up and reveal what had happened to her. The challenge now is to live with the fear that the crime gang will remain at large. Natalie, now 27, said she feared she would be discovered after getting her life back on track.

“They haven’t jailed them, they’re still there,” she said. “They have been arrested, but no jail time has been given. I’m afraid they’ll find me, I’m terrified. Now I just feel like if they wanted to find me, they probably would. I think I even continued with sex work, that’s all stopped. It’s because I had a sex addiction and I’ve seen love as through sex.”

Her life since her kidnapping has not been easy. She has endured periods of homelessness and drug abuse and has found it difficult to maintain relationships. She returned to street sex work when she didn’t know what else to do, although she says she hasn’t done sex work in two years. She has had four children, none of whom she cares for.

Still, she says she has overcome her addiction to cocaine and crack cocaine and now only smokes weed. Her addiction to sex is harder to break and is something she still struggles with.

“My sex addiction was hard to overcome, I worked with BAWSO – I had 12 sessions and four extra sessions, so I had a total of 16 hours of support to help me,” she said. “I had to retrain my brain. I worked with a support group and I ended up working with one of the employees. She helped me a lot with my sex addiction – if I don’t have sex for two weeks, I’m fine. It breaks the cycle of not always wanting.”

She says she now focuses on her children and has had three years of intensive support thanks to Safer Wales, which supports those who are invisible in society and work to protect victims of sexual exploitation from danger. Without them, the woman would not have been able to start another life and have a roof over her head. Her plan is to build a better future for not only herself, but others who have struggled through their teenage years.

“My Safer Wales employee has been there to cry and laugh, she’s been through my three-year journey,” she said. “For me, being proud of myself is one thing – I was never proud before, now I couldn’t be happier.

“Two weeks ago I got my flat – it’s all guns with all the decorating. I think about it now, I try to bury everything – I shouldn’t, but I do. I want to go to college and do health and social care and open rehab for 11-18 year olds, I want to help people who have been through hard times as they go through adolescence and provide a better start in the care system. “

Natalie added: “Had I had a better start in life, I wouldn’t have ended up in a drug and human trafficking situation. I never thought I would survive – it was as if my world had ended and I was a nobody.”

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