London: A British woman has spoken about the six years she spent as a teenage sex slave in Greece and Italy.
Now 25, Megan Stevens – not her real name – says she was forced into sex work by her boyfriend aged only 14.
On one occasion, she said she was forced to have sex with 110 customers in just 22 hours and became so sick afterwards that her pimp closed the brothel.
“I thought that was decent of him which shows just how distorted my sense of normality had become,” she said.
She said her troubles began while on holiday in Greece with his mother, when she met an Albanian man called Jak in a seaside bar.
While her mother, who was struggling with alcoholism, began a relationship with the bar owner – 14-year-old Megan quickly moved in with Jak.
He persuaded her to join him in Athens and get jobs in cafes. On arrival, she was forced into sex work, according to the Guardian.
Before long she was handed over to other pimps and worked in brothels and on streets across Greece and Italy.
Speaking about one of the brothels she worked in, she said: “They [the men] were queuing up outside. There were 10 to 15 rooms in the same place and it’s just… literally, you don’t stop…
“If I did 40 to 50 people, that would be nothing.”
Throughout this period, she contracted syphilis six times while her captors forced her to write postcards to her mother detailing how happy she was. In her memoir, Bought & Sold, she wrote about her former controllers.
“These traffickers are really, really clever. I want people to understand it’s not as easy as getting up and leaving,” she writes.
“I should have got up and gone, but I didn’t because of the mental power they had over me. It is really powerful.
“It’s actually like they’ve taken over what identity you have and turned you into their property, a thing to be controlled. Robotic is the right word.”
Now living back in the UK, she said she was hoping to set up a charity to help other victims of sex-trafficking.