My name is Vanessa. I am 26yrs old and now live in Glasgow.
People do not believe this happens…it does. I am a survivor of trafficking.
I was deceived when I came to the UK and thought the trafficker was helping me. I believed I was going to be safe and have a good life here.
But when I came, this was not the case.
I was treated very very badly. I was locked in a room and made to have sex with many men.
They would come every day and make me do things I did not want to do.
These men would demand I did what they wanted as they had paid money for me. They never cared if I cried, they just carried on. Sometimes they were very rough with me, they said horrible things to me and called me ugly names.
If I could say something that would stop trafficking for prostitution it would be simple…Do not allow people to buy sex. If there was no prostitution, no woman would be trafficked for this purpose. It is all about the money. Who has the money and who can make the money from selling women's bodies. Nobody cares about the women who are trafficked to sell sex. Men don't care, they spend their money, take what they want and carry on.
The traffickers prostituted me for three months before I managed to run away and I still feel the pain now. It is in my heart and in my head.
Despite the problems I have endured, I want to say that there is a happy ending to my story.
My life has moved on so much and although I remember the dark days I no longer feel the pain so much. I am free now and building a safe life for myself. I am now employed in the Health Service and know that my life has turned around. There are still many women and girls going through what happened to me and I feel very sad for them.