Real-life Trafficking Stories

Zena

“Zena”, a woman Ruhama has supported, tells her story – from being trafficked into Ireland to moving into a new home in time for Christmas. Zena lived in West Africa. There was a woman who lived locally that everyone knew could help someone get to Europe. The woman approached Zena and told her that if...

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Nyambura

When my sister Precious left home I was lonely and missed her every day. She was five years older than me and I always looked up to her. She finished school and went to Nairobi to train as a nurse. This was what she had wanted to do all her life. I remember her playing...

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Stella

I wake to the sound of pounding. My mother is pounding groundnuts. She’s singing, her song keeping time with her pounding. For a few minutes I lie there enjoying the sounds and feelings of early morning. Then the reality hits me. It’s not my mother pounding or singing. It’s not early morning. It’s still dark...

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Lydia

From Poland, was chaperoned daily to a brothel in Italy and her movements were controlled.

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Julia

Aged 17, was given clothes and boots and a bag of condoms and told to do anything that clients wanted.

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How Iris was Captured

Radio interview with a woman who was trafficked for sexual exploitation.

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