Bella with Emanuil and Marinela – At the age of 12, Bella was forced to marry a 26-year-old by her parents. Her husband subsequently left after she gave birth to her son Emanuil at age 13. After refusing the first couple of times, she then decided to go with a man who had promised her a better life. Bella and Emanuil were brought to a house, where they lived with other women and she was forced to prostitute herself. Bella recalls: » After a while less and less clients came, so he told me that I had to take Emanuil and go to Bucharest. I certainly didn’t want to, but he got aggressive and violent. When we arrived in Bucharest, we were brought to an apartment of women who dressed me up for work and took care of Emanuil. One day, there was a knock on the door, it was the police. I was terrified. I was told to hide, but it was useless. Emanuil and I went with them and answered their questions. Despite them being really rough, they brought me to a woman who takes care of girls like me. « While working on the streets, Bella was already pregnant with her second child. She got her daughter at the age of 17 in the safety of the shelter.