Sex trafficking and abortion go hand in hand as sex traffickers prey on women again by forcing or coercing them to have abortions of their unborn children after the repeated sexual violations lead to pregnancy.
The sex trafficking-abortion connection is so pervasive that undercover videos have captured staff at Planned Parenthood abortion clinics willingly arranging abortions on sex trafficking victims. The response from Planned Parenthood officials was anything but penitent — they claimed the videos were fake and no such thing would happen.
However, out of Europe comes yet another case of women victimized by sex trafficking who face the prospect of forced abortions after the fact. Fortunately, in this case, the sex trafficking ring was busted and the victim freed before her baby was killed and her life further destroyed.
Thirteen people have been arrested over a trafficking ring which saw a pregnant woman almost tricked into an abortion following a sham marriage.
The 20-year-old from Slovakia was sold for up to £15,000 by a gang in Greater Manchester who organised a marriage to a man facing deportation, police said.
The woman told an interpreter at hospital she had been “sold against her will” and was “appalled” by the prospect of an abortion.
Ten men and three women were arrested.
The group, aged between 24 and 57, were arrested at addresses in Rochdale, Failsworth and Cheetham Hill on Wednesday and are still in custody.
Police said the woman, who was 25 weeks pregnant, was flown to Luton in May, believing she was going to visit her sister.
She was met by a man who claimed to be her sister’s friend and was taken to an address in Failsworth, Oldham before being sold to another man.
In July, she was married under Sharia law in Rochdale.
The woman was later taken to hospital for an appointment by a woman who acted as an interpreter and told staff she wanted an abortion.
However, she was spoken to by an independent interpreter and police said it became clear “she was being sold into a marriage against her will”.