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'Forced to have sex from 11am to 10pm'
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.

When I was growing up my father was often abusive. He beat me when he was drunk. When I was about nine my mother started hitting me too.

I was kept locked in the house for two weeks. He raped and slapped me every day

She eventually divorced my father and married my stepfather, but he was also abusive to me - and to my mother as well. When I was 13 I saw him beat my mother very badly.

A few years later she divorced him too. That stopped the violence but life was still very hard.

My sister, my mother and I lived in a rented room, and we were very poor. My mother did not have a job and she put a lot of pressure on me to find work to support us all.

One day a friend of my stepfather stopped me in town and said that he knew we were struggling and that he could find me work in a restaurant if I wanted it - in the UK, with his son.

He said I would make up to 3,000 a month and my mother begged me to go. I knew that money would make a big difference to my family, so I agreed.

This man bribed the immigration officials to get me a fake passport, and I flew on my own the UK where I was met by his son. He was abusive immediately, slapping me and raping me as soon as we got to his house.

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.

They threatened that they would inject me with drugs, or cut my sister's hands and legs off if I tried to escape

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.





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