A woman who said she was locked in a room, tasered and forced to have sex with 16 men in one night after being trafficked for sex by a gang has bravely shared her story.
Natalie – who goes by a different name – said she feared she would be killed as she was trafficked across the UK while the group raided her home. She was only 19 at the time, Wales Reports Online.
She said the horrific ordeal left her with a drug and sex addiction and she hadn’t seen a penny of her sex work in the 18 months. Liverpool was the “scariest” place she was taken to, she said.
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Recalling her terrible ordeal, Natalie said: “It was the most traumatic time of my life, I had tasers against me. At the time, I didn’t realize how bad it was. C was a gang that kidnapped and held me captive I was stuck in my room with a lock on the door and they took my house I wasn’t there for 18 months and it was like a hub drugs, I wasn’t sure what was going on.
She said the gang who kidnapped her had been operating in Wales for 20 years and she was vulnerable as a victim of child abuse who was naïve about how they operated. She said: “I was taken to Liverpool, that was probably the scariest moment. It was the first time I was tied up. If I had spoken I would have been killed and I thought my daughter would have it, it was crazy.
She said she became addicted to cocaine and it left her in debt and under their control and unable to escape. “I was addicted to coke back then,” she said. “They had seen how much money I was spending on cocaine – I was addicted to coke. I was buying coke from them. That’s how I got involved in all this… I was sold to the sex trade… I needed someone to find me.
As she was trafficked across Britain, she barely slept to meet the demands of her captors. The horror of being raped and abused is one she knew. “Sometimes I had sex 15 or 16 times a day all day,” she said. “I would only get two hours of sleep a day and not even that. My partner and I would be doing things together and making more money. I should have threesomes and gangbangs. It was terrifying, especially the trauma.
She added: “I was there for 18 months, it wasn’t just in this city, it was everywhere. It wasn’t in the same place. I was in Liverpool for six weeks, I didn’t have not allowed to go out, I was in a room. I think I went down south after that – it wasn’t that bad. Obviously it’s bad, but I didn’t have a taser on me – it wasn’t as damaging there, I was there for about four months, it was a normal house.
“London and Liverpool were the scariest. London was bad – it was worse than the southern city. I was in London for about six months, all I did was work. The whole time I didn’t sleep in anyway and couldn’t really sleep in. After four months away I never thought anyone would find me.
She said it was not until she returned to Wales that the brutal reality of her existence was finally discovered, but it was difficult to speak out and reveal what had happened to her. The challenge now is to live with the fear that the crime gang will remain at large. Natalie, now 27, said she feared discovery after putting her life back together.
“They didn’t imprison them, they are still there,” she said. “They’ve been arrested but no prison sentence has been given for it. I’m afraid they’ll find me, I’m petrified. Now I just feel like if they wanted to find me, they probably would I think I moved on even with sex work it all stopped It’s because I had a sex addiction and I saw love through sex .”
Her life since her abduction has not been easy. She endured periods of homelessness and drug addiction and struggled to maintain relationships. She went back to street sex work when she didn’t know what else to do, even though she says she hasn’t done sex work for two years now. She had four children, none of whom are dependent on her.
Still, she says she has overcome her cocaine and crack addiction and now only smokes weed. Her addiction to sex was harder to break and it’s something she still struggles with.
“My sex addiction was hard to overcome, I was working with BAWSO – I had 12 sessions and four extra sessions so I had a total of 16 hours of support to help me,” she said. “I had to retrain my brain. I was working with a support group and ended up working with one of the workers. She helped me a lot with my sex addiction – if I don’t have sex for two weeks, I’m fine. It’s breaking the cycle of not wanting it all the time.”
She says she is now focused on her children and has gone through three years of intensive support through Safer Wales, which offers support to those invisible in society and works to protect victims of sexual exploitation from harm. Without them, the woman could not have passed on to another life and had a roof over her head. Her plan is to build a better future not only for herself, but also for others who struggled during their teenage years.
“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 one thing – I’ve never been proud before, now I couldn’t be happier.
“Two weeks ago I was given my apartment – it’s all gone with all the decoration. I’m thinking about the present, trying to bury it all – I shouldn’t but I do. I want to go to college and doing medical-social and rehab for 11-18 year olds, I want to help people who have gone through tough times as they go through adolescence and provide a better start in the care system.”
Natalie added: “If I had had a better start in life, I wouldn’t have ended up in a drug and dealing situation. I never thought I was going to survive – it felt like my world was over and I was nobody.
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