April 25th, 2011
09:49 AM ET

Shelter from horrors of slavery

By Jenifer Fenton, CNN Abu Dhabi

United Arab Emirates (CNN) - From the outside it looks no different from the luxury villas that dot this affluent emirate. Inside the modern building, though, are secrets: stories of depravity and horror that sound out of place in the 21st Century.

The Ewa'a shelter is an oasis for women and girls whose lives have been filled with pain and tears.

We meet a 15-year-old girl, who will not tell us directly who she is or about what she has experienced. The other six victims we are introduced to are older, but in the past some of the victims who've passed through the shelter have been as young as 11 or 12 years old. All of them, shelter officials say, have been trafficked and sexually abused. The officials recount how these women have been raped, locked up or forced into prostitution. FULL POST