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Almost a third of women seeking asylum who had been sexually assaulted in their home country were subjected to further sexual violence while destitute in the UK
Almost a third of women seeking asylum who had been sexually assaulted in their home country were subjected to further sexual violence while destitute in the UK Credit: Yui Mok /PA

三级成人视频As a young girl growing up in Nigeria, I had dreams of becoming a nurse. My childhood was tough - I didn’t have a good education, and I never knew my parents - so I liked the idea of helping other people when I was older.

三级成人视频However, this dream never came true. My adopted father died when I was 18, and his wife forced me to move out - this was the beginning of a chain of events that led to me losing the rest of my adult life to a cycle of abuse and human trafficking

A report released today by (WRW) shows that almost a third of women seeking asylum who had been raped or sexually assaulted in their home country were subjected to further sexual violence while destitute in the UK. At the time, I never dreamed this could happen to me. Now, I know that anyone can be at risk of destitution.

When I was 22, I moved to Kano City to try and find work,  but I didn’t have any formal education. In Nigeria, it’s hard to get a good job without going to university. I was regularly abused by men, who said if I wanted to have a career, I needed to have sex with them. It was my dream to have security and safety, but all I could find was short term cleaning jobs. 

三级成人视频I met my partner in a local shop while I was doing odd jobs in the city. We had two children together, but he left me to marry another woman who said she would take him to the USA. Once again, I was on my own - this time with two children to support.  I never saw my husband again.

A few months later, the employer I worked for told me she was going to the UK - and that I could go with them for a holiday. Even though it meant leaving my children, it was a hard offer to refuse. Never did I dream that I would end up destitute again once I reached London.  

三级成人视频As soon as I arrived at the airport, I sensed something wasn’t right. As we were walking through the terminal, my employer told me I shouldn’t talk to anyone while I was in the UK, and that I must keep my head down. 

I hadn’t bought many clothes with me, as she told me that we would buy new clothes when we arrived. It was December and I was freezing cold. Slowly, it dawned on me that her promises weren’t adding up. There wasn't even a bed, let alone any new clothes. I was forced to sleep on the floor.

Throughout those weeks, I was treated like a slave三级成人视频. My main duties were domestic chores and looking after her three children. The days were long and strenuous, and I wasn’t paid any money. I was forced to survive on one slice of bread or a piece of potato at 2pm. Often, I ate my meals in the toilet. 

One day when the family were out, I decided to wash my one outfit in a mop bucket. I was so desperate for them to be clean, but the family hadn’t allowed me to wash my clothes. There was a Turkish lady who used to come and do some cleaning and she helped me put it in the dryer so that I would have something to wear when they returned. 

When my employer found out, she was furious. She called her daughter and said, “Did you see the slave washing her own clothes in our house?” She started hitting me over the head with her phone, saying: “I will kill you.” I was terrified. 

Things came to a head when I returned from the nearby Travelodge, where my employer had hired a room for me to go and wash in, and I found I was locked out of the house. I stood outside for an hour ringing the bell, but the family just kept shouting at me to go away. 

三级成人视频Eventually, a passerby saw me shivering outside, and took me to the police station, where I explained what had happened to me. I was put up in a B&B for three nights, where I could recover. But when the police went to the house to arrest my employer, she had already fled the country. 

Three months later, I applied for asylum, and I was sent to Manchester - where my asylum claim was refused. Once again, I found myself destitute. With nowhere to go, I often slept on the bus because it was safer and warmer than the streets. 

三级成人视频On one of those nights when I was drifting off on the bus seat, I met Thomas*, a Nigerian man. I explained my situation to him, and he offered me a place to stay. At the time, I trusted him. He was from Nigeria too, and I didn’t have anywhere else to turn. 

三级成人视频But when it came to night time, he said I had to have sex with him or he would throw me out. He raped me almost every night. I felt so alone and distressed. On those lonely nights, I would think to myself: “Is this going to be my life forever?”

I resorted to charities and food banks to get clothes and food, and continued to pick up money from the odd cleaning job. 

One day, I was rushed to hospital after slipping over in Thomas’* bath. I had a bad head injury, and the staff had to teach me how to eat and walk again. When I returned to his house I found that Thomas had sent all my things – the clothes that the church had given me and the money I earned – to his wife back in Nigeria. I was left with nothing. 

While I was staying with Thomas, I managed to submit a fresh asylum claim with the support of a private solicitor. I was granted refugee status, and it was accepted I was a victim of human trafficking. I was given temporary accommodation in a hostel, where I ended up staying for a year. 

三级成人视频I discovered that my first employer had been arrested in Nigeria when she was trying to come back to the UK in 2011. But as the Home Office couldn’t get in touch with me to press charges, she was released again. I’m so sad and angry that there was no justice for what she did to me.

三级成人视频Despite the trauma I went through, I’m happy to be here in the UK. I have a council house, attend English lessons at a local college, and have been reunited with my daughter.

While my trafficker destroyed my life, slowly I'm starting to rebuild it again.

As told to Alice Hall 

* All names have been changed

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