Guest: female, Italian

Story from Karen Anstiss, Service Manager, Caritas Bakhita House

Guest says she arrived in the UK in a lorry having travelled via Italy. She says she met her trafficker, in Italy, and thought she was coming to work in a restaurant in England. She says when she arrived she was held in a room in a house with another girl. She says she was raped and forced to work for them as a sex worker, and sexually assaulted every day, only escaping after several months and gaining help from a member of the public. Her initial account to the police would suggest the last sexual assault occurred thirty minutes before her escape. She believed she could work and send money home to support her family and give herself a better way of life.