'Freed from forced sex hell', Anna speaks out

21st April 2004, Comments 0 comments

21 April 2004 , AMSTERDAM — Romanian woman Anna, 21, finally feels free to tell her story of forced prostitution following the arrest last week of a Dutch sex club boss from the eastern city Assen on charges of human trafficking.

21 April 2004

AMSTERDAM — Romanian woman Anna, 21, finally feels free to tell her story of forced prostitution following the arrest last week of a Dutch sex club boss from the eastern city Assen on charges of human trafficking.

Anna claims she was 14 when she was kidnapped from Romania and forced at the threat of violence to work in illegal brothels in the Netherlands, newspaper De Telegraaf reported on Wednesday.

The 60-year-old Carlos D. — the owner of the sex club La Gare in Assen and brothel Irma La Douce in the village De Kiel — allegedly worked with a Romanian human smuggler, identified as I., who allegedly personally drove Anna to a clandestine prostitution hell. 

Anna said she will never forget the terrible day in 1996. Already working in the catering industry, she claims I. promised to get her a job in the restaurant, café or hotel sector in the Netherlands and drove her to the northern European country in a large BMW.

Arriving at a large house in an unnamed city, she immediately realised something was wrong when she saw five Romanian girls, some of whom had been beaten black and blue.

Anna was straight away given a Moroccan client to satisfy, but refused because she was still a virgin. But the rules of the game were immediately spelled out: she was beaten and deep cuts on her arm, leg and back were inflicted with a razor blade.

Despite month-long infections of her wounds, she was forced to work day and night.

She could not escape because the doors were always locked and steel shutters bordered the windows. She was not allowed outside for 12 months as Turkish, Romanian, Dutch and Moroccan clients, in particular, frequented the illegal brothel.

Anna also claims needles and bags of cocaine were found everywhere and the girls were forced to have sex without condoms. If there were no clients, the girls were not fed, given no drinks, cigarettes or even tampons.

Sometimes Italians came and bought a girl, who was forced to leave immediately.

A Dutchman who fell in love with Anna appeared to be her saving grace. The then 15-year-old claims she was given a train ticket from him to Groningen, where she ended up in another brothel.

But this time she was at least allowed outside, because they knew that without a passport and money she couldn't go anywhere. The tentacles of the group even stretched to Romania where parents were kept under surveillance and threatened with death, she said.

Meanwhile, two operators of sex clubs in Drenthe Province and one in Groningen were arrested on suspicion of human smuggling last week. One of the detainees, Carlos D., was the founder of the first sex club in Drenthe and is the suspected mastermind of the human smuggling operation.

The authorities have refused to reveal the background to the case, but recently two Romanian men were jailed for four years for recruiting and forcing Romanian women to work in the sex industry in Drenthe.

[Copyright Expatica News 2004]

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