BIRMINGHAM, England -- A Chinese teenage sex slave who was kept in a cage in the UK did not know which country she was in when police found her, it was revealed Wednesday.
The 18-year-old was rescued from a locked cage inside a brothel in Birmingham, central England, and was put in the care of local nun Sister Helen Ryan and her order at St Mary's Convent of Mercy.
Sister Ryan highlighted the young woman's plight to draw attention to the problem of sex trafficking in Britain, the Birmingham Mail reported.
She told the paper, "One young boy was put in the back of a lorry [truck] by his granddad in Vietnam in the hope that he would get a better life. He was 13 years old and when he arrived in the West Midlands he was forced to work in the sex industry."
The convent launched a scheme to help the victims of sex-trafficking and was awarded £5,000 ($7,850) from proceeds of crime seizures to fund its work.
Children's charity Barnardo's claimed last year that Birmingham had become a hub for trafficking young people between UK cities.