Pictures highlight plight of prostitute

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THE hidden horrors of sex slavery in Portsmouth will form part of an Amnesty International exhibition.

It will include pictures of a block of flats in the city where police believe a woman was forced to work as a prostitute after being smuggled into the country.

She thought she was coming to the UK for a respectable job and a new life. Instead she was forced into prostitution to work off her debt bond, the cash people-smugglers charge to get people into the country.

The eerie images of the property in Malthouse Road, Buckland, are just two from an exhibition of photographs from around Britain highlighting human trafficking. It includes pictures taken in Sheffield, Cardiff, London, Birmingham and Leicester as well as Portsmouth.

The exhibition, called Slave Britain, coincides with celebrations to mark the bicentenary of the abolition of the slave trade and aims to highlight the plight of modern-day slaves.

Jo Bexley, of Panos Pictures which organised the display in conjunction with Amnesty International, said: 'Human trafficking is out there among us and our eyes are not really open to the scale of it.'

The exhibition, at St Paul's Cathedral, London, runs until March 29.