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.