Another young victim of a British sex trafficking group has come forward with a harrowing story of rape, forced marriage and eight forced abortions during her 12 years of captivity.
“Sarah” told the Daily Mail that she was abducted by a Muslim gang in England when she was 15. She finally escaped last year but the gang continues to harass and threaten her and her family, according to the report.
The young woman said police repeatedly ignored her family’s pleas for help after she went missing, a problem the Daily Mail pinned on “political correctness.”
“The all-pervading culture of political correctness at the time of her abduction meant the gangs, often of Pakistani-British heritage, were ignored by police forces that were terrified of being called racist if they pursued them,” according to the report.
Her mother “Janet” told the newspaper that the police kept telling them Sarah would come back, but she never did.
Sarah said she was raped repeatedly, drugged and beaten by Jerry, one of the gang leaders. She also was forced to wear Islamic robes, learn the Koran in Arabic, and perform housework for the gang.
Among the most horrific of her experiences was a forced abortion that did not work. Sarah said she still wonders if her baby was a boy or girl.
According to the report:
‘After one termination I was fitted with a coil, but Jerry made me go back to the hospital with him and have it removed because he said he could ‘feel it’ when he raped me,’ she says.
‘I wasn’t allowed to speak to doctors at medical appointments. I had to walk 5ft behind him, keep my head down and wear a hijab. He said I was his girlfriend.’
As if this were not horrific enough, the first abortion didn’t work. The five-month-old foetus survived the drugs given to Sarah on a Sunday afternoon in a side room at an NHS hospital.
‘I was in labour for nearly 24 hours,’ she says, with tears welling. ‘I was begging for help. One nurse ran from the room and said she couldn’t take it any more.’
On the Monday morning, she was taken for a scan and the baby was still alive.
‘I was rushed to the operating theatre, where they surgically carried out the abortion,’ she says. ‘I don’t know if I was carrying a boy or a girl and I hope one day the NHS will tell me, as I cannot forget that child.’
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In total, Sarah said she had eight abortions, including five at an NHS hospital.
At one point, Sarah said she escaped from her captors, only for them to find her again. She said they repeatedly threatened to hurt or kill her family, a manipulation tactic that kept her from seeking them out.
She said she eventually began to experience Stockholm syndrome, forming an emotional attachment to her abuser, Jerry. He claimed they were married and produced a marriage certificate, though Sarah said she does not remember any ceremony.
“I soon felt I couldn’t breathe without him,” Sarah said. “My mind was being twisted. I was dependent on him for food, for clothing, for a roof over my head. He said my family would be killed if I tried to tell them where I was or what was happening to me.”
Since she escaped last year, Sarah said she has moved several times, and now lives in a secret location away from her family. She said the gang has managed to find her or her phone number a few times already.
Now, House of Lords crossbencher Baroness Caroline Cox is helping Sarah, the report states.
“I know Sarah and her family,” Cox said. “Every sex grooming case is terrible. But the length and cruelty of her abduction make it the worst I have known.”
Forced and coerced abortions are a problem across the world. One study found that as many as 64 percent of post-abortive women say they felt pressured to have an abortion, LifeNews previously reported. A survey of sex trafficking victims by the U.S. Department of State also found that many were forced by their abusers to abort their unborn babies.
Undercover investigations also have revealed that abortion facilities fail to report suspected sexual abuse of minors, including victims of sex trafficking.