This is Grace's story. It covers different forms of violence and discrimination faced by women and girls around the world - one of the most systematic and widespread human rights violations. If you or anyone you know has been affected by the issues covered in Grace's story, please see the "Resources" section of the website for more information.

"Life in my home town was tough."
"I was an unemployed single mother."
"One day, a woman I knew"
"promised me a job in the city."


What percentage of known trafficking victims are trafficked domestically?

"She paid for my bus ticket"
"and took my ID card."


What percentage of trafficking victims worldwide are women and girls?

"I thought I'd be a domestic worker"
"but when we arrived, I was sold to a stranger."
"He forced me into prostitution."


What percentage of trafficked women and girls are sexually exploited?

"He said I have to repay my ”debt”, but it never goes down."

Call the authorities

Wise choice! The authorities and expert agencies can investigate Grace's case, providing her with the specific care and support she needs.

Give details of a women’s shelter

Good idea. A specialised shelter designed to support trafficking victims can help Grace cope with the trauma she has experienced.

Volunteer at an anti-trafficking organisation

Good plan. If a victim needs help, immediate action should be taken. In the longer term, if you educate yourself about the issue, you can then help educate others in your community to spot the risks and warning signs of human trafficking.

Not Acting
is not
an Option

Actions today have
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I received a lot of support to help me overcome the trauma of what I’d experienced. It took a long time, but I moved to another town and train to become a hairdresser. A local women’s organisation supported me to take out a small loan to open my own hairdressing salon. I’m now making enough money to support myself and my children! I don’t want anybody else to go through what I did. That’s why I’ve started volunteering to raise awareness of human trafficking in my local community.