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16 May 2008

Time to break the cycle of modern-day slavery - preview

Alex Porter and Klara Skrivankova set out the details

Natasha was kidnapped and taken to the United Kingdom on a false passport
  • She was to be forced to work in a brothel
  • She knew what her attackers were capable of because three years ago, when she replied unsuspectingly to their job advert, they raped her before trafficking her into the UK and forcing her into prostitution

  • On arrival in the UK the police confronted Natasha because her fingerprints matched with those taken when she was previously deported
  • She told them as instructed, if caught, that she had come to look for work here because she needed to earn money
  • She didn't explain her history or the duress because of fear that it might put her family at risk
  • She was charged with trying to enter the UK on a false passport, a crime carrying a sentence of twelve to eighteen months, and remanded into custody
  • She remained there for six months until bail was granted
  • The severity of Natasha's trauma led to a complex post-traumatic stress disorder, which affected her ability to give evidence consistently
  • Nonetheless the only way she could avoid a conviction was to give evidence to a jury in the hope that they might believe that she was not an economic migrant as she had described herself initially

  • Alex Porter and Klara Skrivankova

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