The issue of modern slavery is to be addressed in a hard-hitting storyline in the UK TV soap Coronation Street.
Barmaid Eva (Catherine Tyldeseley) discovers Polish teenager Marta (Edyta Budnik), both pictured above, hiding in the Underworld factory in a plotline beginning this week.
It unfolds that Marta is being kept as an unpaid worker by soap newcomers Richie and Julia O’Driscoll, who are the garment factory’s biggest clients.
Marta tells Eva she fears for the safety of her family in Poland if she escapes, while Eva realises if she reveals Marta’s situation the factory, and owner Carla Connor (Alison King), faces ruin.
An ITV source told the Mirror: “This is going to be a very difficult subject to tackle but it has been in the news and sadly is not as uncommon as people might think.
“Obviously, Coronation Street tries to tackle difficult subjects and has done storylines about serious illnesses and violence before. But this is the first time slavery has appeared.
"Undoubtedly, it will make for some difficult scenes and perhaps some uncomfortable viewing.
“But it’s important to highlight the reality of the people who are in these terrible situations."