Robert was shackled in the back of the lorry. His hands were cuffed in front of him and his ankles were locked together with a loose chain between them.
He was dressed in the same clothes from the auction; shirt, trousers, underwear and nice shoes. He looked very presentable despite the fact that he had basically been sold as a slave.
He had run up huge debts with no way to pay them off. Rather than harm him, the people who he owned money to, had sold him to the highest bidder at an auction. He knew nothing about what awaited him apart from the fact that a well dressed young woman had purchased him.
He heard the lorry slow down and then a beeping sound as it reversed and then stopped. The back of the lorry was opened and sunlight streamed inside.