You can probably imagine the kinds of nightmares a teenager on a solo voyage round the world might suffer from: pirate kidnappings, treacherous coral reefs or perhaps scary encounters with mysterious sea creatures.

But not Laura Dekker.

The 16-year-old schoolgirl’s sleep is haunted by memories of the traumatic experiences she suffered at the hands of the Dutch authorities.

For as long as Laura can remember she knew what she wanted to do.

And ever since she set her sights on sailing round the world she says Dutch social services have done their best to stop her from pursuing her dream.

Laura Dekker has become the youngest person ever to travel round the world on her own.

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