Natalie (not her real name) has bravely spoken about the “most traumatic time” when she was trafficked into the UK, taken by a gang and locked in a room, tasered, and forced to have threesomes
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Natalie was just aged 19 when she was kidnapped by a gang, tied up, and locked away in a room.
Trafficked into the UK, she was tasered and forced to have threesomes, gang bangs, and sleep with 16 men a night.
“It was the most traumatic time of my life,” she says.
Her horrific ordeal left her with addictions to drugs and sex after she was farmed around different cities as her home was turned into a “drugs hub.”
Natalie, who is going under a different name, said she would be lucky to get two hours’ sleep a night and wouldn’t see a penny from her sex work that she carried out over 18 months in different cities across the UK, reports WalesOnline .
“I had tasers to me,” she says, “At the time I did not realize 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.”
A victim of child abuse had made her vulnerable and she says she was naive as to how the gang had operated, who had been operating in Wales for two decades, Natalie says.
She adds: “I was taken to Liverpool, that was probably the scariest time. That was the first time I was tied up. If I had spoken out I would have been killed and I thought my daughter would have it, she was mad.
At the time, Natalie admits she was a cocaine addict which left her in their debt and under their control.
She continues: “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. The horror of being raped and abused is one she was familiar with.
“Sometimes I would have sex 15 or 16 times a day all day,” she says. “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 adds: “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 not as bad.
“Obviously, it’s bad but I didn’t have tasers to me – it wasn’t as damaging there. I was there. For about four months, it was a normal house. London and Liverpool was the scariest one. London was bad – it was worse than the city in the south.
“I was in London for about six months, all I would do is work. In the whole time I didn’t sleep in any way and I couldn’t really sleep. After I had been gone for four months I never thought anyone would find me.”
Natalie has since been able to turn her life around, but the emotional scars remain and she still lives in fear.
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 to her.
The challenge now is living with the fear the crime gang remains at large. Natalie, now 27, said she was worried she would be discovered.
“They didn’t jail them they are still out there,” she says. “They have 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. I think I have moved on even to do with sex work, all that has all stopped. It’s because I had a sex addiction and I have seen love as through sex. “
‘For me to be proud of myself is a thing’
Her life since her abduction has not been easy. She has endured spells of homelessness and drug abuse and found it difficult to maintain relationships.
She returned to sex work on the streets when she did not know what else to do, although she says she has not done sex work for two years now. She has had four children, none of whom are in her care of her.
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.
Natalie says: “My sex addiction was hard to overcome, I was working with BAWSO [an organisation that provides emotional support to black minority ethnic and migrant victims of domestic abuse, sexual violence, human trafficking] – I had 12 sessions and four extra sessions so I had a total of 16 hours support to help me,” she says. “I had to retrain my brain.
“I was working with a support group and I ended up working with one of the workers. She helped me a lot with my sex addiction – 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.
Without them the woman would not have been able to move on into a different life and have a roof over her head. Ella’s plan is to build a brighter future for not just herself but others who have struggled through their teens.
“My Safer Wales worker has been there for tears and laughter, she has been through my three-year journey,” she said.
“For me to be proud of myself is a thing – I was never proud before, now I could not be happier.
“Two weeks ago I was given my flat – it’s all guns going with all the decorating. I think of the now, I try to bury everything – I shouldn’t but I do.
“I want to go to uni and do health and social care and open a rehab from 11 to 18-year-olds, I want to help people who have gone through difficult times when they are going through adolescence and offer a better start in the care system.”
Natalie adds: “If I had a better start in life I would not have got into a situation of drugs and trafficking. I never thought I was going to survive – it was like my world had ended and I was a no one.”