In an era of globalisation, many seek better futures and brighter hopes for themselves and their family. Striking deals with potential employers who promised good paying jobs, they risked even their very lives as they left their hometowns. Often, it was also through friends and neighbours whom they got to learn of the job. Unscrupulous businessmen and illegal smugglers saw an opportunity to exploit people and crafted ways to trick and lure them, and subsequently trap and enslave them.
Although slavery was finally abolished in 1981, many practices akin to it continue today. Modern day slavery remains rampant with 45.8 million people trapped and enslaved. There are more slaves today than at any time in history. If we think slavery is barbaric and will not accept such measures imposed on us, then we should not condone such outrageous practices that carry on around us!
Few ever escape and many remain trapped, but for those who are saved, it takes great strength and resilience to overcome the trauma and pick up the pieces to move on. Their stories are reminders that we CAN and should stop exploitative practices – TRAFFICKING IS A CRIME that can be stopped, and each and every one of us can do something about it. We celebrate their courage and resilience, and continue in the fight against trafficking because it is the right thing to do.
These are but some of the stories of women who have survived cold-blooded acts of violence and horrific abuse. Their stories aren’t just about victories and triumphs; it’s about not giving up. Take a step forward today, and be part of this restorative work. Every step is worth it, because every life is precious.
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.