Woman fought sex and drug addictions after fleeing kidnap gang that controlled her life
A traumatised woman has told how she was locked in a room, tasered and forced to sleep with 16 men a night after being trafficked for sex by a gang. The victim, then 19, said her horrific ordeal left her with sex and drug addictions after she was trafficked around the UK while the group took over her home.
Natalie, not her real name, said she would be lucky to get two hours’ sleep a night and wouldn’t see a penny from her 18 months of sex work in different locations across the country. She feared she would be killed if she did not comply, reports WalesOnline.
She said: “It was the most traumatic time of my life, I had tasers to me. At the time I did not realise how bad it actually was. It was a gang who 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 was not there for 18 months and it was like a drugs hub, I was not sure what was going on.”
She said she was innocent about their methods but became addicted to cocaine, which left her in their debt and under their control. “They had seen the amount of money I was spending on cocaine – I was a coke addict. I was buying coke off them. It’s how I became involved in all of it.. I was sold to the sex trade…. I needed someone to find me.”
As she was trafficked across Britain she barely slept to keep up with the demands of her kidnappers. “Sometimes I would have sex 15 or 16 times a day all day,” she said. “I would only have two hours’ sleep a day and not even that. Me and my associate would be made to do stuff together and made more money. I would have to have threesomes and gang bangs. It was terrifying, especially the trauma.”
She added: “I was there for 18 months, that was not just in that one city it was everywhere. It was not in one place. I was in Liverpool for six weeks, I was not allowed out, I was in a room. I think I went to the south of the country after that.”
It was only on her return to Wales that the brutal reality of her existence was finally uncovered but it was a struggle to speak out and reveal what had happened. The challenge now is living with the fear the crime gang remain at large. Natalie, now 27, said she was worried she would be discovered after fleeing her sex and drugs hell.
She said: “They had been arrested but no jail sentence has been given for it. I get scared they may find me, I am petrified. Now I just feel if they wanted to find me they probably would.”
Her life since her abduction has not been easy. She has endured spells of homelessness and drug abuse but has not done sex work for two years. None of her four children are in her care.
Yet she says she has beaten her addictions to cocaine and crack cocaine and now only smokes weed. Her addiction to sex has been tougher to break and is something she still wrestles with.
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“My sex addiction was hard to overcome. If I do not have sex for two weeks I am fine. It’s breaking the cycle of not wanting it all of the time.”
She says she is now focused on her children and has been through three years of intensive support thanks to Safer Wales, which offers support to those who are invisible in society and work to protect victims of sexual exploitation from danger.
Her plan is to build a brighter future for not just herself but others who have struggled through their teens. Natalie added: “If I had a better start in life I would not have got into a situation of drugs and the trafficking. I never thought I was going to survive – it was like my world had ended and I was a no one.”
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