Kamela's Story: Human Trafficking
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Safe Horizon helped Kamela* escape the bonds of trafficking, which had trapped her for 10 years. Like many trafficking victims, Kamela just wanted a better life for herself and her child. She had escaped an abusive marriage and wanted to earn a living so she could raise her child in safety. Kamela heard about a job working as domestic help for a family, and had to leave her son behind while she travelled to the job. She thought it would be her ticket to escape poverty and abuse. Unfortunately, she was wrong.
The family that hired Kamela shattered her dreams for a new life. Payday came and they gave her nothing. They not only refused to pay her; but they kept her isolated from the other household staff and then stole her identification papers. After six months of enslavement, the family forced her to sign documents she could not read and therefore did not understand. Shortly thereafter, they forced her onto a plane bound for the United States.
Kamela’s suffering continued with the new family she was sent to work for in the U.S. They also took her identification papers and gave her nothing for her unending work as a live-in house-keeper and nanny. Kamela suffered contsant emotional abuse and lived in isolation and fear with this family for ten long years, never once being given the opportunity to contact her son.
Finally Kamela had the chance to escape. She travelled to New York City where she heard about Safe Horizon's Anti-Trafficking Program (ATP) and reached out to us for help. With the assistance of her ATP case manager, Kamela received much needed medical care, negotiated a fair wage and time off at her new job, and obtained a visa for trafficking survivors, which enables her to remain in the U.S. legally.
The best day was yet to come. Through our diplomatic contacts in Kamela’s home country, her ATP case manager quickly found her son and arranged for him to join his mother in the U.S.
Kamela’s life has changed for the better. She has a job that pays her a good income, a happy new marriage, and with her son now living here with her, Kamela can give him the life she always wanted for him.
What makes our success stories possible are people out there who believe in the work we do for survivors of human trafficking. They recognize the cruelty of modern-day slavery and want to help us combat the toll it takes on the lives of those ensnared by it.
We need your help today to give other survivors the same hopes. They need services ranging from medical care to legal support, and we can help make this happen with your generosity.
Please support our efforts. You can make a difference, to help give survivors the tools they need to break the chains of modern-day slavery today so they can rebuild their lives tomorrow.