Sowing Into the Lives of Trafficked Survivors


Sowing room merchandise handcrafted by trafficked survivors

In Singapore, Hagar provides trauma recovery and resettlement support to women who have been trafficked into the country for labour and sexual exploitation. The women are primarily from the Asia region and most have little or no formal education. Their similarity is in their desire to build a better future for their families.

Some were tricked by recruiters with false hopes of a decent job while others were deceived by family members or friends. Upon landing in Changi Airport, they have no one to turn to for help because they know nobody and they are unable to speak in English.

Hagar helps to rebuild their self-esteem and confidence, and equip them with essential skills that will help them build a stable livelihood here while waiting for their court cases to be heard, and when they return to their home country.

The art of sewing is one useful skill that a number of the girls have honed as a result of Hagar’s partnership with the Sowing Room. Founder of the social enterprise, Jolene Teo patiently guides and coaches them as they use their hands to create beautiful things.

Some who have gone back home, have even managed to start a small business and are able to support their family comfortably.

Ranging from tote bags to cosmetic pouches, wet and dry bags, sling bags, small toiletry pouches, and a variety of many other items, these make great buys for all seasons. Pick out an item for yourself or your family and friends, and make your shopping count for these craftswomen!

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