Priya has an amazingly powerful voice
Yet all customers want from her is silence.
|Ancient traditions were unquestionable in Priya’s village. Young girls often became very young wives. At the tender age of 14, she was betrothed to a man she’d never met. Wedding bliss became living hell. Her husband abused her mercilessly. She sought refuge at home, but her parents urged her to stay by her husband, as it was the proper thing for a good wife to do.
Headstrong Priya refused to accept her fate. She ventured into the city seeking a job. There she met Ram, a musician charmed by her mesmerising, soulful voice and graceful movements. He offered her a job as a performer in Singapore. As the eldest daughter, Priya was grateful for the chance to support her family and put her younger siblings through school.
Upon arriving in the Lion City, she was escorted to a desolate house. Terrified and alone, she cried herself to sleep. The next morning, she woke up in the company of several other women, all cramped in the same quarters.
For 12 hours each night, Priya had to sing and dance to entertain customers. The more she performed, the more provocative they became. She tried her best to reject the advances. But her boss silenced her by threatening to withhold her salary and confiscate her passport.
Priya had to face the music and provide sexual services to those who demanded it. Even during the day, the women were held captive in the house. Torturous weeks went by till Priya and three others pulled off a desperate escape. They were picked up by the police and placed in a shelter.
Devastated by this horrific chain of events, Priya’s self-esteem was shattered. She wanted to return home, but felt she could never bring herself to face her family again.
Thankfully, HAGAR was there to help. In Singapore, the humanitarian organisation provides critical recovery support for victims trafficked for sexual and labour exploitation.
Working from 10 countries, HAGAR provides protection, personal transformation, community reintegration, and economic empowerment for thousands of victims across the world, walking the whole journey of recovery together with them.
Today, Priya is recovering well. She works in a factory, earning an honest wage to support her family. Empowered by HAGAR, she is now a mentor to other girls and lends a powerful voice for the freedom of trafficking victims.
Our Empower Campaign helps women like Priya in their journey of recovery. For just $50 a month, you can provide them with the necessary skills and support to start a whole new life.
HAGAR pursues the highest degree of care and protection for each client. Names have been changed and images do not necessarily reflect the individual profiled.
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