Diary of a sex worker: 'I can't resist - I love him. I don't know why'

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Neringa Samaviciute, 21, came to Britain from Lithuania to make her fortune, but ended up working for an Albanian pimp selling her body for sex for up to 13 hours a day.

Neringa Samaviciute, 21, came to Britain from Lithuania to make her fortune, but ended up working for an Albanian pimp selling her body for sex for up to 13 hours a day.

The woman's story was revealed this week after the man who controlled her life was jailed at Southwark Crown Court in London, for 11 years. Vullnet Ismailej, 27, from Wood Green, admitted conspiracy to bringing women to the UK for sexual exploitation. Ismailej, a failed asylum-seeker from Albania, brought in 40 teenagers and women from Lithuania and either sold them on to other pimps or forced them to work as prostitutes in saunas and brothels in Soho and Birmingham.

Ms Samaviciute, described as one of his "chattels", wrote in her diary of her emotional and physical "torment".

She spoke of repeatedly "sacrificing" her body for Ismailej. One entry read: "I would like to be in a world other than this one, to be dead or even never to have been born. My life torments me in a horrible way."

She said she was "fed up" selling herself day after day. "But I can't resist and say stop because there is one person here who only needs money and nothing else.I love him like no one else I have known, but I don't know why.He only worships my work and the money."

The police were alerted after another Lithuanian woman, Sandra Kazlauskaite, 25, fled from Ismailej. She had never worked as a prostitute when she was smuggled into Britain. On her first day she was forced to have sex with 34 men in a Soho brothel, for which she earned £805. She had to hand the takings over to Ismailej.

A week later she complained that Ismailej was pocketing her earnings and holding her prisoner and as a result he threatened her with death. She then escaped from the flat where she was being held and dialled 999.