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The women in these photographs are among many I interviewed for a report on sex trafficking in Eastern Europe.
Some of them were fragile; some were very strong; all were trying to leave behind a hated past while still coming to terms with profound emotional distress. Polina, a girl from Ukraine, shouted at me, 'My story, do you want to hear my story? You have heard it — over and over again. Her new husband and mother-in-law then chased her away from home.
She had not told them that she had been sold as a sex slave by a good friend. Her life was destroyed, she said.
She took me round Soho and pointed to the windows of various flats: the one with a cracked window was a 'stinky' place; the one with a red light was a bit less grim. I entered five rooms where the working girls operated.
I met two Romanians. One was wearing tiny white socks and a pink robe thrown over a black Spandex costume. She was from a city two hours from my native town. Sex trafficking is one of the most profitable illegal businesses in both Eastern and Western Europe.