Anastasia*, a 19 years old girl coming from a small village in Southern Russian, was promised a good job with a stable income at a designer brand shop in Hong Kong when she left her country. They told her the shop needed her language skills therefore they were willing to offer good pay. But her dream of making a better life abroad quickly turned into a nightmare when she arrived in the city, and was promptly stripped of her documents by the men who had brought her.
Anastasia said her captors told her there was no job waiting, but she still owed them money for transporting her. In order to pay back this “debt”, she was forced to work as a prostitute, seeing between 50-70 clients per day, and was severely beaten if she refused. After the five-month ordeal, she was finally able to escape with the help of a sympathetic client.
*All names and identifying information have been changed to protect the identity of the survivors.
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A version of this story was originally published at www.stophk.org on January 10, 2016. Story provided by the Diocesan Pastoral Centre for Filipinos.