“Ana” (name changed) is a 36 year-old mother of 3 children who was trafficked from the Dominican Republic to Central America. Traffickers posed as employers, took away her documents, and whisked her away to a breaking house where she was drugged and sexually assaulted day and night by hundreds of men. After a while, she was smuggled in the trunk of a car to a brothel and held in a room with no lock except from the outside. At that point, Ana was looking for ways to take her life.
One night the security guard took pity on her and told her that he was going to leave the door ajar after the last customer for 15 seconds. Ana fled, naked into the night. She did not know where she was. Eventually she hailed a taxi that took her to a safe place. Ana is suffering from severe post-traumatic stress disorder.
Hope Initiatives is working on a plan with Ana to return her to the Dominican Republic, and reunite her with her children.
For her return to the Dominican Republic, we are arranging for psychological treatment for the trauma for Ana and her family. To advance Ana’s skills, we are planning for her to take a course in food preparation in order for her to get a job or to start her own small business. She will be assisted from recovery to full integration back to society.
We need to raise €6630 to cover the first 6 months expenses of repatriation, recovery and practical support for Ana and her children, and €3600 for a further 6 months support. A total of €10230.