Sex trafficking victims are still a common reality for Romania, BBC reports, recounting the story of some Romanian ex-trafficked women, currently admitted in Romania’s only emergency shelter for trafficked women. The BBC reporters even had the shocking testimony of a Romanian trafficker, now serving a five-year sentence in a prison near Bucharest. “No sorry, I would do it again”, he confesses.
Mihaela, who was trafficked three times across Europe from Romania to work in the sex trade against her will, revealed he would have 15 clients in the mornings and afternoons, with another 20 in the evenings, through to the next morning.
The 26-year-old says she was trafficked out of Romania to Hungary, Austria and Switzerland with a gun to her head, beginning from the age of just 16. She was living in a poor village in Romania, a perfect location wherefrom pimps can recruit young vulnerable girls, usually originating from orphanages or poor families.
Mihaela is now sheltered at the center for the trafficked women, together with her 2-year-old daughter, who was fathered by her last trafficker.
Valentin Preda trafficked 15 women to Italy over five years and is now serving a five-year sentence for people-trafficking in a jail near Bucharest. He admits he used the “lover boy” method to recruit women.
“You really don’t think that it’s someone’s daughter; you think just that you have to make money and that’s it,” he says. “I wouldn’t be sorry to start again.”
According to the BBC feature, Romania remains one of the top countries of origin for the estimated 10,000 to 13,000 trafficking victims in Britain – with Nigeria, Albania, Vietnam and Poland.
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