Virginity for sale just around the corner from Harrods, UK

A letter is delivered by an Iranian trafficking ring to a London Hotel. It reads: ‘I have 12 girls ready from the age 14-20 years, who are living all over the UK…”

A girl’s photograph can be sent to potential clients to show them what is on offer.

The trafficking ring moves girls across the country to work as “dancers” for rich men. They take a 14-year-old to a luxury hotel in London’s Knightsbridge, to meet a “punter.” The girl is a virgin and costs up to £150,000.

She is one of six other young victims, brought to London from North-West England, marketed to wealthy businessmen.

The would-be client is actually an undercover detective. The trafficking ring tells him and other undercover officers to “pick whichever ones they want and do what they like.”

This is not the plot of a glossy Hollywood film following on from “Taken”. It is the harrowing and appalling reality of young girls used as bait, to gain the highest bidder. Liam Neeson is not the hero this time; but rather Scotland Yard who are tipped off by equally heroic hotel staff. They knew something was suspicious and did something to stop it.

How horrific it is, that just around the corner from London’s biggest shopping attraction, you could even buy girl’s virginity. Trafficking is happening in our communities whether in the UK or worldwide. That means YOU have the power to STOP it!

We are so thankful that the staff in the hotel not only saw trafficking happen on their doorstep, but that they did something about it. Yes we have to be aware but we also have to act upon what we see happening around us.

The four gang members involved were arrested last year, and will be sentenced today. You can read the full story here:

http://edition.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/europe/09/14/uk.trafficking.case/  

If you’re a hotel, business traveler or tourist, see here:

http://www.stopthetraffik.org/takeaction/business.aspx

If you want to do ACT in your community, see here:

www.stopthetraffik.org/Act.

3 thoughts on “Virginity for sale just around the corner from Harrods, UK

  1. anonymous

    It is horrible to think that such atrocities are going on under peoples noses all over the world. Just today I read a similar article in an Australian newspaper about a 14 year old girl who was about to be sold as a child bride in a European country. Thank goodness for the people who step in and stop these situations from getting worse.
    Thank you for doing your part to highlight these issues.

  2. Thanks for your comment. It is absolutely atroscious. Not only were they selling a girl’s virginity, but thenyou have a justice system who only gave them a 10 years comined sentence- what kind of a justice system is that?

    Australia, here -it’s happening everywhere. There are brides for sale all around world. You can check out the blog piece we wrote on brides for sale here: https://stopthetraffik.wordpress.com/2010/07/15/foreign-fiancees-mail-order-brides-spent/

  3. Pingback: Traffickers no longer ‘sleep tight’ at Travelodge « STOP THE TRAFFIK blog spot

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