I've run out of tears, says girl sold around Britain as a sex slave at the age of 15
By Nigel Bunyan(Filed: 09/05/2005) May Ninth, 2005 for the confused
She is 16 now and sitting on the sofa that, at night, becomes a put-up bed for her and her elder sister.
Behind, set against the floral wallpaper and clutter of cheap ornaments, are the pictures of Roman Catholic saints so treasured by her grandmother.
Elena at her home in Lithuania, eight months after escaping gangsters who touted her around Britain
It is eight months since the once-confident teenager escaped from the gang of people-traffickers who sold her into slavery.
The scars on her wrists have begun to fade, but still she is reluctant to hold her visitors' gaze. Whenever she does, her deep brown eyes carry a sadness that no child should have to bear. There are no tears, though. "I have run out of tears," she says.
She can only talk about her ordeal while her 76-year-old grandmother is away from the tiny fourth-floor flat. She knows nothing of the girl's suffering, nor of what the teenager perceives as shame.
Elena is just one of thousands of eastern European girls smuggled into the West every year - most of them sold as sex slaves.
Last year, in Britain, she was passed from one pimp to the next, initially for £4,000, eventually for £1,500, her value as a human trophy diminishing as her childhood was stripped away.%2
Salty Veteran who was brought to his knees by the power of God's love.