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Sex workers are being trafficked in north London - BBC London

Sex workers are being trafficked in north London - BBC London
on some streets in

London

residents say prostitution is now out of control I'm wearing a mask because I'm scared for my safety people are

being

threatened by the pimps and I don't want to be stabbed residents who've been watching this activity for months believe that women are victims of human trafficking their pimps they come with his fans and they unload these girls we're going to hear from a woman who's escaped this life about how desperate it is the man say if you
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don't make money for me I will kill your family the burn women with cigarettes or cut their faces and we're going to follow the trail back to Romania where teenagers have been saved from traffickers and we'll hear about their recruitment techniques they use we've been invited to a block of flats in Edmonton in

North

London

some residents here say they're so scared the only way they can talk about what's happening is by disguising themselves I fear for my safety and quite
simply I don't want to be attacked what you feel like is a resident of this block which were not going to identify having to disguise yourself like this to tell us about what's happening I think it's ridiculous from a view points close to the block we're able to film what the residents say is happening on many nights between 9:00 p.m. and 4:00 a.m. they're on every corner of our building we're talking 20 plus girls protected and watched by 8 to 9 guys and the pimps are
violent threatening people who confront the girls it's made it incredibly dangerous I want to move out this man has been watching closely for months because it happens right outside his flat window you don't expect this outside of your door there pins they come with his fans and they unloaded these girls it's a closed van it's not even we windows although official figures suggest Albanians are the most

trafficked

nationality he's in no doubt about the language he's
hearing most often on the street they speak Romanian kind of really makes you sad when you were like thinking dis people are from my country my people are getting human

trafficked

it's it's very heartbreaking it's not right that this is happening under some streets and on some nights there are people who are trying to help these women a lot of the women that we meet are it's an European we're on the front line because we're on foot and we go to known areas where the women
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are you actually need to come out and actually speak to the women to find out the issues where are you from in Romania this woman said she'd arrived in the UK five months earlier I don't think she really understood that she was a victim of trafficking because she was coerced to come over and work in prostitution the person that she came over to stay with had beaten her up she couldn't put up with the violence anymore so she approached us for help she was moved to a safe refuge the
charity also helped this woman who spent a year working as a prostitute on the street in Ilford East

London

she's agreed to tell us her story provided we protect her identity you sat at 6:00 p.m. and finished at 4:00 in the morning seven days a week I saved 10,000 pounds in cash but the man I met in Romania who said come with me to

London

so lit all other girls on the street maybe in a worse position the men say they loved them so they come here but when you say you don't want to work as
a prostitute the beatings start the men say if you don't stay to make me money I will give you a mother your children your family in Romania these men are called the fish because they fish out the women to do this we want to find out more about how these men operate so we're following the trail all the way to Romania to meet another woman who knows their techniques well after we tell them I love you it's normal to Fullilove that's why it's so evil Jana has set up a charity
which offers teenage girls a way to escape from the traffickers she offers them a place in a safe house away from their clutches at a secret address on a hill

north

of Bucharest all the girls have stuffed toys they didn't have love they didn't have toys they had only abused emotional physical sexually whatever they are forced to have ten 15 clients a day to make the money at the end of the day if they didn't make the money there were physical violence involved I had a girl buried
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alive and then they were cleaning the the earth from her face asking are you going to do this again and then again cover her they are looking for these girls and they want to punish them as an example for the others this is as much as we can show of the teenagers in this safe house because they're so threatened and so vulnerable one is just 13 years old she is just the case out of many where a child eats ground once they've learned to live independently they'll be offered a new life
in a new location but if they hadn't ended up in the safe house in a few years for some the destination chosen by their traffickers could have been

London

you take these girls wherever the money are whether there are over 18 or little less under and they forged papers end up in

London

because the money are there so what are the authorities doing to stop the traffickers we would like you to give you some recommendations in order for you to be able to avoid the traps of the traffickers they
know how to spot and to use your weaknesses in Romanian schools teenagers are

being

taught not to fall for their tactics the public in Romanian is to be educated is to be informed about the risks but what about

London

well the Met Police has been getting tough this is about letting them know that we don't tolerate their behavior before dawn they're targeting 16 addresses in five East

London

boroughs sisters I've got a daughter and I think anyone would be angry and upset anybody can
explore women for their own games in this way for me these people this was a joint operation with Romanian police and 17 people were arrested and held on suspicion of controlling prostitution and modern slavery but this may not be an easy battle to win back in Edmonton residents say the police have tried several times to clear the streets outside their bloc with little effect has it stopped it not at all completely new bunch of girls that we haven't seen before there's a roaring trade
and it's not the sort of trade we won on our doorstep and as we filmed it continued as if the police hadn't been here at all they even tell him where to go so they can't be seen the met says it's committed to finding a long-term solution but

London

ers with scenes like this on their doorstep want action