A woman who was lured to the UK and forced to become a sex slave during 10 years of hell has spoken out for the first time. Aged 20, Helena was tricked into working in a pop up brothel, warned that if she didn’t comply her family would be killed. Every night, she would be made to have sex with strangers who would pay £120 an hour.
Any money she made was pocketed by the gang and she says she had no choice.
Helena, who was brought to the country from Romania after being told she could pursue a ‘modelling career’, says she was given cocaine every day until eventually she became hooked.
She described her ordeal as a “living nightmare”.
Bravely speaking out in the Daily Star on Sunday, Helena said: “I was promised a dream and ended up living a nightmare.
“They trapped me and I couldn’t get out. “My life in Romania was hard but that was nothing compared to what I’ve had to go through in the last 10 years. It’s been hell.”
Helena was living in poverty in Romania when people who knew her family told her she was pretty and could have a modelling career in the UK.
She was flown to Britain, put up in a flat, and made to pose for sexy bikini and underwear photos.
Helena was told the images were for a portfolio, but later told there was no work, and the photos were secretly put on a sex site.
She then faced a £3,000 bill for her flight, the photos and rent.
Helena recalled: “Someone who knew our family told me I was pretty and could make it in the modelling world.
“He said there was no chance I could do it in Romania but that he could use his connections to get me a modelling contract in England. “I was only 20 and I didn’t want to be struggling or to see my family struggle, so I jumped at the chance. “I thought it was a chance to start a new life.”
She added: “I was taken to a flat where there were another three girls. I was told the rent would be 500 euros a week.
“They said don’t worry about the price because I would be getting lots of work and could pay for it that way. “The second day they took me to a photo shoot and gave me a bikini and knickers and bra to wear. “I was really nervous. I didn’t expect that at all. I went back to the guy and I told him that I wasn’t feeling comfortable.
“He said, ‘Don’t worry, I’m going to give you something that will make you feel much better’. “He gave me a pill that he said would make me feel relaxed. I was only 20 and I was scared and naive.
“I took it because I didn’t think anything bad was going to happen to me. I thought they were trying to help me.”
But after the photoshoot, Helena was told she would need to pay €1000 for flights and at least €2000 for the porfolio.
Meanwhile, her photos were put on a prostitution site online, with a price list for sex acts.
Helena, now 30, said she was told she had a job as a massage therapist which would help her pay off her loan, with the ‘landlord’ taking her documents off her until she managed to pay.
Helena was eventually saved when an English client with underworld links helped her, and her Romanian gang masters let her go last year.