In the mordern Gulag.
carrying a new load of young women and girls, has arrived to work camp nr. 417.
Some come from prisons in the former
Sovjet Union, some have simply been kidnapped from the streets
in Western Europe and smuggled over the borders. Some again
has been purchased from foreign prisons and labor camps, by the
privat mining compagny, who now owns the Siberian copper mine.
Megan and Heidi belongs to the last category. When Heidiīs
parents couldnīt afford paying
bribes anymore, the prison governor sold both her and Megan to one
of his old friends, who owns several copper mines in Siberia.
For the unfortunate young women send here, it is a freezing hell
from where nobody returns
"All of you!
- As soon as you have found an emty sleeping place, put your
plastic bag there and line up outside. You are going to be put to work
at once! "
Megan and Heidi, now nr. 526 and 525, looks at their new home.
It consists of a cold concret hut with wooden shelves, filled with
dirty straw, covering the walls on both sides, leaving only little
space for each prisoner
Heidi is taken to the
melting furnace, where she is allowed to strip off her frock, before
she is ordered to shovel coals in the ovens.
thinks about the endless line of degradations, she has undergone
during the last years, and that things
in the future probably only will get worse. Only three years ago she
was attending an expencive Swiss senior high school getting good
grades, and could afford fashionable clothes and expencive vacations.
Now she has to do slave work in chains, clad only in a wet and dirty
and clumsy sweatfilled rubber boots. Her face is not only
blushing because of the intenze heat, but also from her feeling, the guards
eyes veiwing her bare bottom, each time she has to lean forwards to
take a new shovel full of coal.
Meganīs first job
is to push a heavy cart
filled with copper ore, brocken from the frozen
ground by other girls , to the melting furnaces. Used to hard work after having
spend nearly half of her life as a slave, she manage it better, than
most of the others .
"Please - My
name is Dorris. Do you have any room for me? All the
others say, they have nothing to spare. I will lie quiet all
night, so I willnīt distube you! - Please?"
girl address Heidi and Megan, as they reunited for the night, gets ready
to crawl in to the filthy straw to gain a few hours of sleep.
The tattoo Megan received many years ago in the old camp, is still
cleary vissible, through the vast numbers of old scars and fresh welts
from the daily beatings.
"Thank you -
you are the first people, who have been kind to me, since I was
all a terrible mistake.. I donīt deserve beeing here.
I am not a criminal like
you! Iīam only 20 years old. My parents has recently
send me from London to Prague for studying art. They did
it to keep me away from my boy friend, whom they donīt think
is rich enough for becomming their son-in-law.
I had only been there one week, when two men grabbed me on the
street, handcuffed me and forced me into a closed van.
They took me to a filthy prison, where some matrons without
any explanation stripped me off all my clothes and jewelry,
cut off my hair and locked me naked into a prison cell
together with some ordinary girls, who only could talk
very little english. Some days later they gave us these
clothes, rubber boots and leg irons, and took us to the railway station.
Now, after five days in a drafty cattle truck, forced
to sit tight together with those low class girls, I finally
arrived today, only to be met by barbed wire fences, armed
gaurds, hostility from both matrons and inmates, and freezing
cold weather. I truely hope my parents soon finds out,
what has happened, so they can get me out of here!"
sorry Dorris, but you must forget all about your
parents! They canīt help you out from here, never mind
how rich they are, and they will probably never find out, where you
And neither me nor Megan are criminals. My name is
Heidi. I was on a vacation together with my parents, who
are bankers, when one afternoon the police suddently came and
arrested me at the hotelīs swimming pool. They had
found some drugs in one of the maidīs locker, but to
save herself she had told them, she had found them in my room
and was going to hand them over to the police, as soon as her
workday was over. I sweared, I was innocent, but the
judge decided to believe her, and sentenced me to life
imprisonment with hard labor.
The first years my parents paid a lot of money to keep me out
of the pits, so I only had to do light work such as
sorting the clothes confiscated from new prisoners. It
was here I was so lucky to meet Megan. Unfortunately my
two aunts, a pair of old spinsters, who have the majority of
the shares in the family compagny, have forbidden my parents
to waist more money on me, so thatīs why you see me in this
condition. Luckily Megan and I were sold together.
As for Megan, she was simply kidnappet, at a tourist
resort, and put to work as a slave the very same afternoon, in
the same slave camp as I.
The continental climate up near the artic cirkel changes
from the freezing cold long winter, to a short but very
To keep up the high speed of working, all the prisoners are
stripped of their warm winter clothing and boots.
Then they are thoroughly shaven off all hairs all over
their heads and bodies.
Because of the large amount of new prisoners, who have
arrived specially from Europe durring the recent year, there
are not enough sommer uniforms to all. About a hundred
of the latest arrivals have to work naked.
gives Megan a loving caress, while they look at Dorris been put to
work in the morning.
Like all the other inmates, they donīt like her, even they do
let her sleep tight together with them at night.
Like Megan, Heidi has become a tough and steady worker, and
has nearly adjusted completely to her life as a slave. Even
she is only 21 now, and much younger than Megan, they have
gone into a steady relationsship, and last night Heidi had wispered
into Megans ear, that she had begone to feel her arrest and
enslavement as a lucky event, as she otherwise never would have met
your fat arse up that ramp!
If you darre slip and drop just one peace of gravel from the basket,
I will skin your back and bum!"
Unlike Heidi and
Megan, Dorris is not at all used to be beaten. Neither has she
ever before done any kind of hard labor. As the pampered daughter of
rich parents, she has been used to, that her money and her good
looks has made everybody do as she pleased.
Now robbed of both
her money and her beauty, (Short after her arrival a guard knocked out her front
teeth!) she has to learn, that the only
thing that counts here, is how hard she can work and nothing else.
Together with the
hot summer, comes the bloodsucking mosquitos. Megans skin is
so toughen and calloused due to many years of daily beatings, she endure
them better than the most.
Heidiīs skin has also become reasonably calloused, even she
do feel the bites. But to new slaves like Dorris with their soft smooth
skin, only been whipped and beaten a few months, it is utterly hell!
In the last days
of the artic summer, comes that day of the year, the forced labours
Before they are issued new winter clothing, they are all to undergo
a thorough medical examination, as the mine owners, donīt whant to
waste expencive clothes on weak or sick slaves, who may not survive
The tough workers Megan and Heidi have become, they are both so
lucky to be judged fit for work, and can look forward to one
more winter in the copper mine. Other girls are not so lucky.
Those who do not pass the examination are lead naked to a deap pit
dug in the camps garbage dump, and are never heard from again.
Heidi and Megan hold hands, hopening they will be allowed to stay
together durring the day.
This day they are
lucky. Every time they pass each other, while transporting
crushed ore to the mealting ovens, they have the opportunity for
giving each other a tired smile.