Bulgarian sex slave reveals the injuries she received at the hands of human traffickers
A 20-year-old Bulgarian woman who was forced into prostitution by a gang of criminals has revealed the shocking mutilation and injuries that she suffered at the hands of the crooks. In the graphic photos which can be seen below, the woman is covered in bruises and scars, and was routinely beaten after being made to walk the streets in The Hague, Holland.
The horrifying images were taken by an Austrian charity worker and have been made public in order to raise awareness for the victims of human trafficking. The pictures show a variety of different injuries, including head trauma, a giant scar on her stomach and swollen eyes, lips and nose.
Norbert Ceipek, an Austrian national who moved to Bulgaria after he retired, opened a special centre to care for victims of human trafficking, like the woman in the pictures below. Ceipek's NGO gets some financial aid from the Bulgarian government and some donations, although they say that it is not enough to help care for all of the victims.
Speaking about the woman in question, Ceipek said:
"A young woman, 20, got to know a young man who promises her all his love and takes her to the Netherlands.
"When she arrives, she realises that she has to walk the streets with another Bulgarian and two Nigerians. She does not want to but by beating and other compulsive measures she complies and prostitutes herself eight months.
"During a visit back to their home country both Bulgarians tried to escape from their location, but unfortunately she was caught by him [the pimp] and brought back.
"As the second woman managed to flee, he became so angry that he began to beat the young woman so much and also struck her with objects that she almost died."
The victim was taken to hospital and chucked out of the car by the trafficker, who was later arrested and was surprised to hear that his victim was still alive.
Unfortunately for the woman, the hospital could only give her primary care due to the fact she had no health insurance and was unable to pay for any more. She has now ended up in Ceipek's shelter, where he is trying to fundraise in order for her to get some additional treatment.
"She desperately needs more surgery on her face and mouth, skin transplantation and much more. There is no body part which has not been affected."
Ceipek's NGO only have an annual budget of $35,000, which covers salaries of employees such as social workers and psychologists, meaning that they do not have the funds to cover the costs of surgery themselves.
It is a completely vile and cowardly act by the trafficker, and it certainly sheds some light on the sort of abuse that these victims have to endure. Well done to Norbert Ceipek and his team for doing what they can to help these people, and we hope that they raise the funds required in order to help this woman out even further.
To find out more about what you can do to stop human trafficking, take a look at Stop The Traffik and the work that they do.