Written by Hsiao-Hung Pai
Ming and Beata share neither the same language nor cultural background, yet their stories are remarkably similar. Both are single mothers in their thirties and both came to Britain in search of a new life: Ming from China and Beata from Poland. Neither imagined that their journey would end in a British brothel.
In this chilling exposé, investigative journalist Hsiao-Hung Pai works undercover as a housekeeper in a brothel and unveils the terrible reality of the British sex trade. Many workers are trapped, some are controlled – the lack of freedoms this invisible strait of society suffers is both shocking and scandalous and at odds with the idea of a modern Britain in the twenty-first century.
Adapted into the Channel 4 documentary ‘Sex: My British Job’ by Nick Broomfield.
About the Author
Hsiao-Hung Pai is a Taiwanese-born writer and journalist. She has written for the Guardian and the Chinese press in Britain and abroad. She is the author of Invisible: Britain’s Migrant Sex Workers, Chinese Whispers: The True Story Behind Britain’s Hidden Army of Labour, shortlisted for the Orwell Prize for non-fiction, and Scattered Sand: The Story of China’s Rural Migrants. Her report on the Morecambe Bay tragedy for the Guardian was adapted into Nick Broomfield’s film Ghosts. Her undercover work for Invisible also forms much of the basis for a documentary made by Broomfield for Channel 4. She lives in London. http://hsiaohung.squarespace.com