Here you can read stories about women who have formed a new life for themselves. All names are fictitious and some details (such as age, nationality etc) have been altered to protect the women's identities. All stories are approved for publication by the women themselves.


Jasmina came to us at the end of 2015, identified by the Stockholm Police Prostitution Group. For years, she had been sexually exploited at nightclubs in different countries in Europe and then ended up in prostitution in Sweden. Just days prior to her arrival at Talita, Jasmina had considered taking her life, and attempted to drown her pain in alcohol and cocaine. After doing the very hard work of working through her traumas for a year in our program, she moved out at the end of 2016. Now, Jasmina is a support worker at Talita. She has her own apartment, is studying to become a trauma therapist, gives lectures on prostitution and human trafficking, participates in interviews and is one of the initiators of Talita's outreach activities.


Jenny was 20 years old when she came to Talita, placed at Talita by the police's Human Trafficking Group. Her life was devastated when a male family member began raping her as a child. The sexual abuse continued for years; the perpetrator even sold her to other men. As a teenager, in an attempt to gain back control and reduce her unbearable anxiety, Jenny began to harm herself by selling her body.

Jenny chose to stay and be part of Talita's support program. There were moments when she felt complete despair and was almost ready to give up, but she didn't! She managed to exit prostitution and form a completely new life for herself. Today she is studying her dream profession and runs our outreach work with another woman (Jasmina) who has also gone through our program.


In 2010, the Swedish police uncovered a large sex trafficking ring after intensive surveillance and wiretapping. The female ringleader was sentenced for 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 trafficking ring had been intimidated into obedience through various rituals in their home country. The youngest girl was 16 when she cane to Sweden. She allegedly owed the sex trafficking ring 60 000 Euros – money she would repay by being sexually exploited by Swedish men.

Destiny was 17-years-old when came to Talita with the help of her lawyer. The trial had taken a huge toll on her, and she needed to deal with her trauma. She shared how she had been locked up and subject to the most inhuman treatment. Despite very understandable fear, she collaborated with the police, which in the end resulted in the sentence of her abusers. 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.


Tatyana knew that she would end up in prostitution, but didn't know what it entailed. Tatjana was born and raised in a country in Eastern Europe. Her father left her, her little brother and mother when she was very young. They were allowed to live with relatives, but were treated horribly. Her relatives referred to her as a dog, and she was even forced to eat food from the dog bowl. They had difficulty finding the money to survive. Due to the circumstances at home, Tatyana started selling her body at a brothel at the age of 13. After a number of years in the brothel, she was offered a marriage proposal and moved to Sweden. She knew deep down that she would be forced into prostitution in Sweden, but she had no other choice.

Tatjana became more and more broken with each passing day. The man she married, who was also her pimp, offered her body to several men each day. She never saw the money. In the end, she managed to escape. Tatjana needed a lot of support and help to move on. Above all, she needed to feel valued and loved. She had never experienced that. Today, Tatjana is doing well. She has a residence permit in Sweden, is married and has children, and studies.


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 several months, she felt ready to return home and take part in The Gender Equality Agency and IOM’s return program. Today she is a trained police, provides for her family, and still keeps in contact.


During a crackdown of a criminal gang who engaged in pimping activities, the police found Claudia, a young woman from Romania. She was extremely anxious when she was brought to Villa Talita, worrying about her 1-year old son who remained in Romania and who she had not seen in two months. She avoided giving details to the police in the beginning. However, after conversations and encouragement from other women in the Villa, she decided to tell everything. A few days later she was noticeably happier and more relieved. On an excursion together, Claudia climbed high up in a tree with a bottle of bubbles in her hand. She giggled with joy as she watched the bubbles float away through the sky.

When she returned home to Romania, Claudia participated in The Gender Equality Agency and IOM's return program. Later on, Claudia came back to stay at Talita while she testified against her traffickers. Claudia's courage to testify helped result in her traffickers receiving a sentence of 2.5 years of prison and deportation, while Claudia received damages that will be targeted towards her and her son’s healthcare, future, and wellbeing.


In the summer of 2014, Stockholm Police’s Prostitution Group conducted a crackdown on an apartment brothel. A young woman, Miriam, was found and placed at Villa Talita. That same evening, all the women in the house sat down together and listened when Miriam shared about her life and what it was that forced her into the horrible situation she found herself in. She, a young, single mom with three small children in her home country, had been forced to bear the entire financial burden of her family. The heaviest to bear was her debt of 300,000 SEK that her ex-husband had left her with – a debt she paid to the Enforcement Authority in her home country by selling herself in Sweden over one week of every month. The alternative would be even worse: conviction out of her home and the risk of losing the custody of her three children.

We visited Miriam in her home country and investigated in detail how the debt was configured and how it could be paid off. Today, Mariam has a new job at an office, which enables her to provide for herself and her three children, while Talita helps her pay of the debt. Miriam never needs to travel to Sweden and sell her body again. Here is one of the messages she sent us to express her gratitude:

"Thank you so much for sending me money! My life really changed thanks to you. You helped me to free myself from that situation. BIG THANKS once again to everyone in Talita and all the sponsors, to allow me to get back to a normal life and be an ordinary woman and mother. I appreciate that “strangers” from a foreign country are interested in the life of an unknown woman. For me, Talita is a place where angels live and I still don’t have words to describe how grateful I am for what you did for me."

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