Urgent Plea to Save Trafficked Girls in Crisis
About Campaignends 28 Jul 2017, 11:59 PM
Hagar Singapore has been working to support Tania and Priya in their recovery journey for the last 3 years. Victims of sex trafficking, both girls have been struck by an unexpected crisis recently.
Tania is a trafficked survivor and her young child met with a road accident a few days ago. The child has suffered severe leg injuries and the crushing medical bill is taking a toll on Tania. Separated from her drug addicted husband and the sole breadwinner at home, she needs to find money to pay for her daughter's medical treatment at all costs.
Priya is another Hagar beneficiary plagued by many tragic experiences. Sold as a child bride, Priya suffered at the hands of her abusive husband. Despite her successful escape, she was trafficked at 14 and forced to become a sex worker. Priya has been progressing well in her recovery until last week, when a series of flash floods engulfed her hometown and destroyed all her padi fields whom she and her 6 siblings depend on for a living.
For many of the recovering survivors that we work with, they have zero or almost no safety net. Almost all of them come from backgrounds of poverty and abuse, which unfortunately contributed to their vulnerability to being exploited.
Although demands arising from such crises are outside of Hagar's provision of care to our clients, we are determined to help Tania with the initial treatment costs for her daughter, and assist Priya to restore her livelihood.
Hagar is an international NGO committed to the recovery and economic empowerment of women and children who are survivors of extreme human rights abuse, particularly in the area of human trafficking, gender-based violence, and sexual exploitation. We are in 10 countries worldwide. For women and girls, the threat of sexual exploitation and abuse is grave, and 10% of these clients have intellectual disabilities. Hagar receives into our care those who have suffered the worst of human conditions and many are referred to Hagar by the local government and non-governmental organisations in the country. We walk the whole journey with each individual, ensuring holistic healing, legal and physical protection, social rehabilitation, education and economic empowerment for eventual reintegration into society. In Singapore, we provide legal aid, trauma recovery services, and skills training for girls trafficked to Singapore for sexual exploitation. Further to that, Hagar also assists by coordinating their return to their home country and resettle them in their communities upon conclusion of their court hearings in Singapore. The ultimate goal is to help each of these trafficked and abused survivors get over their painful past, realise their innate potential and put them on the path of self-sustainability where they will be able to help themselves in the long run. Our purpose is singular. We do whatever it takes for as long as it takes to restore a broken life.
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