Teen gang raped for prostitution ‘training’
A 14-year-old girl is eight months pregnant after being allegedly groomed and gang raped by a sex trafficking group who were training her for prostitution - and she is just one of millions of Romanian sex trafficking victims.
The teen doesn't know who is the father of her baby after the alleged rape, a shocking report by ITV revealed.
Iana Matei, who runs a shelter for trafficked children in Romania, is currently looking after six girls.
The former victims include a 13-year-old girl who was beaten if she wouldn't have sex with her abusers, and a 16-year-old who fled home after allegedly being raped by her father.
If they are not rescued, the girls are reportedly sold to countries such as the UK where they are then coerced into prostitution, The Sun reports.
"If they are very young, they are exploited in flats because they are hidden," Ms Matei told ITV.
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"At 14 or 15 years old they can be taken out on the streets to get used to the environment. They train them until they are 18 in Romania and then they sell them to Western countries like the UK.
"It's very difficult to help them when they are in your country because they've been in this situation for four or five years.
"There is no other life they know. You can't save them all," she said.
The UK government has historically estimated that there were between 10,000 and 13,000 victims of trafficking in Britain.
But, the charity Justice and Care and the think tank Centre for Social Justice believe the true figure is much higher.
Romania has a population of 19 million, yet six million reportedly live outside the country and approximately 8.5 million people are at risk of poverty.
Last year, the country's legal system jailed less than half the traffickers they prosecuted, according to reports.
The Romanian government has been accused of corruption and a lack of political will amid reports that the number of victims coming from the country has increased year-on-year.
The punishments in Romania for trafficking vary from a fine to seven years in jail.
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