Talita Stories

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Below you will find some of the personal accounts of women we have met over the years at Talita. Aliases are used to protect the woman’s identity.

Alima

Alima

Alima was trafficked from Mongolia to Malaysia. Believing she would receive a job caring for elderly, she was locked in a room together with two other women. They took her passport, telephone and clothes and gave her a shawl to wear. She was sold to different men as a sex slave. One day, a sex purchaser seemed kind and said that he wanted to help Alima, and she received a phone from him for them to be able to stay in contact. A small ounce of hope began to grow in her—hope of being set free. That hope disappeared when she found herself sold further to China. Alima birthed a son during her time in captivity, but that did not hinder her traffickers from continuing to sell her. In desperation, she cut her face with a razor, which led to the end of her nightmare. She was thrown out and was able to make her way back towards Mongolia.

Alima and her child were able to move into Talita Asia’s safe house. She could begin to study, and now dreams of becoming a lawyer—so she can help other young girls. She said, “The meetings with the staff at Talita have given me my feeling of self-worth back and for the first time, I have found myself! I have received practical help, but what has meant most to me was to be able to share the truth to someone who believed me.”

Destiny

Destiny

In 2010 the police uncovered a large sex trafficking ring after intensive surveillance and wiretapping. The female ringleader received 6 years in prison for human trafficking – one of the severest sentences for such a crime in Sweden. The dozen women who were exploited in prostitution by this sex trafficking ring had been intimidated into obedience through voodoo rituals in their home country. The youngest girl was 16 when she cane to Sweden. She allegedly owes the sex trafficking ring 60 000 Euros – money she would repay by having sex with Swedish men.

Destiny was 17-years-old when she was brought to Talita by her lawyer. The trial had taken a large toll on her, and she needed to deal with her trauma. She shared how she had been locked up and terribly mistreated. She also told us how it had taken her an entire month before she built up the courage to report anything to the police, but in the end, she went to the police, and in her case, meant that her abusers were sentenced. Five years have gone by, and Destiny has transformed her life. She now has a permanent residence in Sweden, studies to become a florist, and last summer we had the pleasure of attending her wedding.

Serena

Serena

A woman in Nepal suspected that a girl, who we call Serena, was on her way to becoming exploited in human trafficking. This woman contacted her relatives in Sweden – the country Serena was travelling to. After receiving word about Serena, the organization Freethem in Uppsala contacted Talita. We travelled out to Arlanda Airport, where the border police led Serena directly to us – without having the time to call the unknown men should had received instructions to contact once she arrived. It later became known that one of these men had been previously convicted for sexual crime. After Serena lived in Villa Talita for a number of months, she felt ready to return home and take part in Stockholm’s Country Government (Länsstyrelsen) and IOM’s return program. Today she is a trained police, provides for her family, and still keeps in contact.

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