Victims speak of beatings in sex prisons’
AS PART of the investigation, the police have opened their files to reveal personal accounts from some of six victims who have already been rescued from sex prisons in Cambridgeshire. The victims have told of beatings, having their identities stolen and
AS PART of the investigation, the police have opened their files to reveal personal accounts from some of six victims who have already been rescued from 'sex prisons' in Cambridgeshire.
The victims have told of beatings, having their identities stolen and being kept locked in brothels.
Some were also beaten so hard they suffered broken bones.
One woman has told police she was forced to have unprotected sex with up to 25 clients a day, and was refused a testing kit when she thought she may have been pregnant. She was also threatened with a Samurai sword and baseball bat when she attempted to escape.
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Detective Chief Inspector Paul Full said: "None of these accounts make for pleasant reading. But I make no apology for releasing further details. It is vital that people in Cambridgeshire upon whom we are relying for information understand just how appalling are the conditions under which some of these girls and women are forced to operate.
"In some ways, I wish others might see - like members of our team have - just what these girls have been reduced to. But the tragic truth is that they have been so traumatised by their experiences that they now shun any public exposure.
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"It will take many years for some to recover. Others may never do so."
The police files also include examples of women earning between £12,000 and £15,000 in just three months, but only ever given £10.
One woman who managed to hide £250 was beaten when the cash was found.
"These poor girls may be just the tip of the iceberg," said DCI Fullwood. "Once again, I appeal to the public to let us know of any suspicious activity at seemingly innocent business addresses or homes in their neighbourhood.
"Even the smallest piece of information may help us save others and break the activities of the gangs who control this sordid and heartbreaking trade."
INFORMATION: Anyone with information is asked to contact Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111 or Cambridgeshire police on 0845 456 4564.