CORONATION Street fans are convinced Alina Pop is “hiding something” as she fled Seb Franklin’s house after they kissed in Wednesday’s episode.
The Sun exclusively revealed earlier this year how the soap was planning a harrowing new human trafficking storyline and tonight’s episode saw Seb getting closer to the pretty nail technician (Ruxandra Porojnicu) who is a suspected modern day slave.
The pair spent the day together and Seb confided in Alina about his troublesome upbringing but she held back on talking about her family in Romania.
The pair kissed but she told him she couldn’t stay and was needed elsewhere, and one fan commented on Twitter: “Seb telling Alina all his business but she’s hiding something.. how old is she?”
Another remarked: “Something fishy about Alina” as another agreed: “Alina is definately hiding something I reckon”
One more person said: “I get the feeling Alina is up to something”
Seb will find himself dragged into the murky underworld of modern slavery when he tries to expose her gangmasters in upcoming episodes.
A source on the ITV soap said: “It’s a really gritty storyline but based on real issues thousands face in the UK every day.
“Coronation Street researchers have been working closely with the Salvation Army, which the government chose in 2011 to help those in need because of slavery.
“Since then more than 8,000 survivors of modern slavery and human trafficking have come in to their care.”
Show veteran Eileen Grimshaw, played by Sue Cleaver, 55, will also get caught up in the drama, to be aired in spring/summer, as she starts dating Polish builder Jan.
Kathy Betteridge, of Anti Trafficking and Modern Slavery at The Salvation Army, said: “The key to combating this horrific problem is for people to understand what it looks like.
“Coronation Street will no doubt be of great help in this.”
Corrie fans are predicting heartbreak for Eileen after a hint her new love interest Jan is involved in the human trafficking.
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The taxi operator was on a date with Jan in Speed Daal when Seb walked in with his date Alina.
But the nail technician’s reaction to seeing Jan was fear and she quickly made her excuses and fled the restaurant.
And while Seb thought Eileen’s comment about young love had scared her off, Jan’s reaction convinced them he has something to do with her predicament.