Masud's story

Portrait photo of a man, his face partly obscured by shadow

Masud was 12 years old when he was tricked into leaving his family in Bangladesh with an unknown man. They travelled to England where he was abandoned in an Indian restaurant. To survive Masud worked in restaurants. He lived in cramped store rooms and slept next to jars of chutney and bags of onions.

Sometimes he was forced to sleep on the streets. He was not able to go to school and his life was controlled by the restaurant owners. When he was 28 STOP THE TRAFFIK helped Masud to contact the local police and immigration team, who assisted in getting him a passport and identity documents. He has now been reunited with his family.

Text and image courtesy of STOP THE TRAFFIK.