“My father rejected me because he was ashamed of me, after someone abused me sexually. Later on my entire family abandoned me and I ended up in prostitution.”
The words are Alicia. She fled her homeland and came to a relative in Europe, but after losing her job, as a result of the Corona pandemic, she again ended up in a vulnerable situation and was tricked into Sweden by an elderly woman who promised her a job. Once there, Alicia was forced into prostitution and had to endure both rape and psychological violence. One day, the police in southern Sweden raided and arrested two pimps who were detained pending trial. Alicia participated in police interrogations and subsequent legal proceedings, which eventually led to the perpetrators being sentenced to prison. Since Alicia has no other way to support herself, she returned to prostitution, but a caring policeman continued to keep in touch with her and persuaded her to contact Talita. Today she is part of our one-year rehabilitation program. With great enthusiasm, she participates in everything from Swedish teaching to internships and when she has learned the language and received permission to stay, she wants to study law.