100 survivors in the Mediterranean were finally freed from prison by the government!
These 100 West African women were trafficked out of West Africa by false employment agencies, who took their passports and exploited them repeatedly. Over time, each of these women decided to bravely escape their abusive situations. They were put in prison because their traffickers had taken their passports, so they had no official documents with them.
Our in-country aftercare partners have done an incredible job at supporting these women on a weekly basis. Even under shelter-in-place orders, they were in constant communication with the survivors to make sure their needs were being met.
O.U.R. has been supplementing food and hygiene items for these survivors throughout the pandemic, as supplies were low and the prison was overcrowded. O.U.R. Aftercare Team members also helped negotiate and facilitate the conversations to help release them.
These 100 women returned home to their families with joy. The O.U.R. Aftercare Team plans to visit them in the coming months to follow up with additional survivor care.