The most harrowing story of human trafficking I've ever heard


There is no smile quite like it. A diminutive, slight young Vietnamese woman walks through a London park - new trainers, a spring in her step.

It’s no wonder she’s happy. When she first arrived in the capital, Thanh had no idea where she was. She was kept in a basement with seven others by her gangmaster - forced into sex work, allowed out only to pack vegetables under a watchful eye: otherwise kept under lock and key.

Now after an astonishing 30 years - she is free.

Of all the many harrowing stories I’ve heard from trafficking victims - I have never heard one like Thanh’s.

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