Noi was working in her home country of Thailand when she got recruited for a job in the Kingdom of Bahrain. A friend of a friend sent photos and details about a job that paid good money working in a restaurant. The employer would cover all her travel and living expenses. Noi was looking for a job that paid well and hoped this would be a dream opportunity. She said yes; she boarded a plane.
When she got off the plane, the “employer” took her passport and escorted her in a van with a handful of other Thai women. Noi was taken to a hotel room where nine other young women were being held. She was not allowed to leave. She asked about the job she was promised, and she was told it would be in a brothel, not a restaurant. She was told she owed the employer the cost of the plane ticket. She was in debt. She was thousands of miles away from home, in a foreign country, without a passport.
The trafficker let her keep her phone, and she immediately started texting for help.