" I would sit in her kitchen and the only answer that would come to mind was: "It's so damn familiar." I can say the same about the Balkans. It could have been Turkey, Greece, Albania, Bulgaria (my birth country), or Macedonia - I wasn't an outsider. Yes, there are moments when you want to run out of the house; there are times when you want to jump in front of a car. Because of one wrong move, you suffer the rest of your life," said Vika, who was trafficked to Dubai when she was 19 - Moldova, 2004 [Mimi Chakarova] It took time to find women who had survived. I didn't intend to spend more than a year covering human trafficking. I didn't intend on reporting in more than two countries. Before my trips, my mum used to ask: "It took us so many years to get out of poverty, why do you keep returning there? You just shouldn't be hot tempered and act out on impulse.When Foos owned The Manor House Motel in Aurora, Colorado, he built a platform above the rooms and would spy on unsuspecting hotel guests through vents. Look for any unusual objects plugged into the wall, like a flower pot.4. Disconnect alarm clocks and point them toward the wall.6. Place a towel under your hotel room door to make sure no one slips a camera underneath.8.
In a further case in 2007, an unmarried Indian couple were sentenced to a year in prison after being caught hugging and kissing in the back seat of a taxi.
And when I finally sat there with one young lady, and took out my camera, I saw an indescribable terror in her eyes. I began to understand what greased its wheels - persistent poverty, demand and corruption.
I understood the culture, the rawness of our ways, the dark humour of our days. It happens not only with me but also with everyone. I went to shelters; I met with lawyers and social workers. I pulled out a notepad instead and listened to their stories. And over time, I started piecing together the reality of sex trafficking.
The British Embassy in Dubai has issued a list of 'Dos and Don'ts' for tourists or expats working in the Arab Emirate after a number of high-profile cases have seen Britons jailed.
The travel advisory makes the stark warning: 'If you want to face possible arrest and imprisonment, ignore the advice.' Because of strict Muslim laws, visitors to the region could find themselves in trouble over drinking alcohol, sharing a hotel room when unmarried and even holding hands.