We hear a survivor story and the harrowing details
For decades, sex trafficking has taken place all over the world but how many realise it is still happening in the UK?
The number of potential victims being trafficked into Britain has risen by 245% over the last five years, according to National Referral Mechanism.
Many of those forced into sex trafficking have diverse ethnicities and come from places such as Vietnam, Albania as well as the UK itself. They may come from rich or poor backgrounds, educated or not educated.
Sex trafficking entails a number of different things including the recruitment, harbouring, transportation, provision, obtaining, patronising, or soliciting of a person for the purposes of a commercial sex act, in which the commercial sex act is induced by force, fraud, or coercion, or in which the person induced to perform such an act is a minor.
Liesha, now 21, originally from India, was trafficked to the UK as a child and exposed to sexual exploitation in the Bradford area. Learning that so many people are often exploited and trafficked into the country it comes to no surprise to her.
Liesha, whose real name has been changed, explains how she was brought to the UK and forced to do sexual favours for lots of strangers. She described the horrors she faced and the impact that it still has on her now.
This is the words of the victim but the voice of an actor
Fortunately, there was a way out for Liesha. However, some women and children are not so lucky, mainly because they don’t know how to seek the help they need.
There are charities and helplines that offer support for the victims and even for the individual’s family members.