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    Shock figures show 2,600 women have been trafficked to England and Wales

    Shock figures show 2,600 women have been trafficked to England and Wales and forced to work as prostitutes
    18th August 2010

    Police found 17,000 women involved in the off-street sex trade were migrants mostly from China, Thailand and Eastern Europe

    At least 2,600 women have been trafficked into England and Wales and forced to work as prostitutes, according to a snapshot report published today.

    Police found 17,000 of the 30,000 women involved in the off-street sex trade are migrants, mostly from China, Thailand and Eastern Europe.

    They said at least 2,600 of these were trafficked into the country and made to work as prostitutes, often with threats of violence.

    A further 9,200 sex workers at brothels and other premises were considered to be 'vulnerable migrants', but researchers could not be sure they had been trafficked.

    Some of those forced to sell their bodies are made to pay bonds of up to £30,000 by criminal gangs responsible for the multi-million pound underground trade.

    The figures are contained in a report by the Association of Chief Police Officers which is the first of its kind to reveal the scale of the crime.

    It follows a two-year study aimed at improving understanding of the nature and scale of the trafficking of foreign nationals for sex, known as Project Acumen.

    Nottinghamshire Deputy Chief Constable Chris Eyre, who is the national lead on migration crime, said the report 'shines a light' on the problem.

    He said: 'Human trafficking for sexual exploitation involves the most extreme abuse of individuals in our communities.

    'We recognise that Project Acumen focuses on only one area of trafficking, but it clearly sets out the scale of the problems that those in law enforcement, victim support, social care and border protection collectively face.

    'It provides us with a more sophisticated and nuanced understanding of how migrant women are involved in prostitution, how they are influenced, controlled, coerced, exploited and trafficked.

    'The publication of this report represents not the end of the process, but the start."

    Mr Eyre added that work would continue to shut down trafficking routes and to bring to justice those criminals who profit from exploiting women.

    Amnesty International UK said it was surprising the report found little evidence of trafficking from African countries such as Nigeria and questioned the thoroughness of the 'snapshot' report.

    Kate Allen, director of the human rights group, said: 'Nevertheless, even as a low estimate of the true scale of the problem, these figures help to support what we've said for a long time: that large numbers of women and girls are enduring the absolute misery of sexual slavery in this country.

    'Sadly, we feel the Government still isn't doing enough to crack down on the trafficking gangs and protect these very vulnerable women.'

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    Well I hope they're good looking.

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    That really is a shocking figure, and probably well underrated.

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    Britain's sex slave shame
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    TRAPPED: Mimi from Thailand

    Girl sold for £28k must bed 600 punters to pay off her 'debt'

    THAI beauty Mimi journeyed across the world dreaming of a better life in Britain but was duped into paying a sickening price - sordid sex with 14 men a day.

    She's been forced to bed 5,000 vice punters in the last year alone and must submit to 600 more before her 'debt' to vile vice traffickers is paid off.

    BUSTED: Cop makes arrest on Barking Brothel

    Our undercover team probed the disgusting slave trade as a hard-hitting report from the Association of Chief Police Officers this week revealed 2,600 women have been hustled into the country by criminal gangs and strong- armed into working as prostitutes to meet fees of up to £30,000.

    And, following a tip-off from the News of the World, cops raided two brothels on Friday, shut them down and made two arrests.

    We told detectives of the tatty terraced house in Barking, east London, where Mimi sat nervously on a bed in just a cheap black basque and in faltering English told us: "My contract is £28,000. I have to pay money."

    Desperate to escape poverty in her homeland, Mimi - who's in her 30s - was easy prey for the traffickers. They lure girls with the prospect of lucrative hotel and restaurant jobs.

    Only when they arrive here do they learn the horrifying truth - they are shackled to pimps for years until the exorbitant debt for bringing them here is covered.

    MADAM: Mary

    "I work hard here and at other places," said Mimi "I give money to my boss."

    But Mimi, like the other girls, is terrified that once the debt is paid the pimp will simply have her deported. "I have no visa," she admitted. "I cannot go to the police."

    Mimi was ferried to the vice den with other girls each day from a flat they share in nearby Leytonstone.

    The Barking operation was fronted by their madam, Irish pensioner Mary James. When a reporter called and asked what services were on offer Mary replied: "We have Maria and Michelle today, my love. Maria is the Maltese lady and Michelle is the Afro-Caribbean lady. Prices go from £30 for full personal love."

    In reality their business was lust not love, and with peeling wallpaper on the walls and cash up front it couldn't be more impersonal. James introduced our man to Maria, who then quickly and unquestioningly handed over our £30 fee to the grey-haired madam.

    MARIA: From Malta

    In a filthy bedroom, Maria said: "I do everything with a condom. Sex and oral is included in the price."

    As with Mimi, our reporter turned down Maria's offer of sex, made an excuse and left. On another visit call girl Naomi gave our investigator a price list.

    She nervously told us: "Thirty pounds is straight sex with condom. It's £40 for 20 minutes, half an hour is £60 and one hour is £120.

    "Its my first day today. I'm from Sierra Leone in Africa."

    Quickly realising she'd said too much, she added: "Actually I'm French, I lived in France, in Paris. I'm French."

    We were alerted to the girls' plight by a concerned ex-employee at the brothel. "I was shocked to work alongside these girls and find out just how badly they're treated," our source explained.

    NAOMI: From Sierra Leone

    "They really are sex slaves but they're so scared of the madam and the thugs that control them that they put up with it. They can't run away because their families back home get threatened and they can't go to the police because they're here illegally."

    According to the top cops' report, Setting The Record, one in six of the 17,000 foreign vice girls in England and Wales has been brought here by traffickers.

    We found more at a seedy flat in Shepherd's Bush, west London, where the meagre reward for selling their bodies was just £10 a time and a plate of noodles.

    Chinese madam Moon has no sympathy. Shockingly she claims she's an exemplary boss. "You have to control the girls, you have to be strict with them," she told our reporter. "Some people hit them when they don't work properly. I don't. I treat them nice so they are happy with me and do what I tell them."

    KEE KEE: From Japan

    In a small room lit by a single red bulb, Moon told our man: "Straight sex and oral for a short time is £40 and for half an hour it's £60. If you want special services it's more. I have two new girls - KeeKee from Japan and Annie from Hong Kong. Both are very good and do a good service."

    With our cash in her pocket, Moon introduced 21-year-old KeeKee, dressed in cream negligée and G-string. She quickly stripped off and urged our man to have sex with her.

    When he made his excuse and said he had to leave, KeeKee panicked - fearful that he would complain to Moon. She only calmed down when our man insisted she had done nothing to displease him.

    Moments later, we saw fellow vice girl Annie, 25, bidding farewell to a middle-aged punter. She told how she is forced to work around the clock for her masters.

    ANNIE: From China

    "I sleep at night," she said. "But when a customer comes I have to wake up and work - 2 o'clock, 3 o'clock, 4 o'clock."

    Another reporter approached Moon pretending he wanted to recruit her for his own brothel and she bragged: "I have girls from China, Thailand, Japan, Taiwan, Korea, Burma and Mongolia. Korea and Mongolia is good now because they don't have jobs. They are poor which is good for this business. I give them good food, noodles and fried chicken, so the girls are happy."

    Korean hooker Jeni, 27, was so "happy" at the brothel she engineeered her own escape and told us: "If the customers pay £60 we can hope to get £15, but mostly we get £10.

    "We have to work to pay the boss for the flights and the trouble of bringing us here. It means we could be working for years without actually getting any money."

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