My name is Vanessa and I am a single mother of one child living in Thika, Kiambu. After being in an abusive relationship, I chose to walk out and start a new life with my son. It wasn’t an easy journey. Soon, I was depending on well-wishers and my family for basic need support.
I am a 48-year old Kenyan woman from Kilifi. I have a diploma in front office management but my original profession could not support my four children. The father of my children abandoned us and remarried, so I was their only option for a better future. In 2011, a close friend introduced me to a recruitment agency for domestic workers in Mombasa. That year I travelled to Saudi Arabia, where I worked for four years.
I am a 34-year-old single mother of two girls from Eldoret. I used to work as a sex worker in a nightclub. In March 2018, I was approached by one of my clients, Kim. He promised me a well-paying job in South Africa as a residential apartment caretaker. I was excited to finally get out of sex work.
I am an artist, songwriter and performer. It was extremely difficult for me to make a living from my passion in Uganda. A friend mentioned there are lots of opportunities for performing abroad. She referred me to an agent who recommended Dubai as a starting point. I was thrilled that I was finally getting the…
I always dreamt of becoming a model. Two months after completing high school, I was introduced to a modeling agency. My dream came true. As i was doing a photo shoot one day, a middle aged man approached me and offered a two weeks paid modeling job out of Nairobi. I was to spend the first night at an apartment in a posh neighborhood in Nairobi before travelling to Malindi the next day for the shoot. I was so excited by the opportunity and rushed to share the news with my grandmother whom I was living with. I left my house the same day for the apartment.
I am a single mother of five. Before I first travelled to work abroad, I operated a beauty salon and sold second hand clothes. The money was not enough to take care of my children. Through my friend’s sister i got a housekeeping job in Saudi Arabia whose proposed salary was very attractive. I was treated well for the first three months.
My name is Chepkorir and I am 21 years old. I am my father’s only child, so I had to tend to my father’s cattle from a very young age. I never set foot in a classroom, nor held a pencil or book. I had always dreamed of going to school but from the life I was living, this dream seemed very far fetched. When I was 10 years old, I overheard my father talking about the dowry he was arranging for my marriage to a 76 year old man. That is when I decided to run away. I found refuge in a catholic church. Here, I was taken to school for the first time in my life. My father never stopped looking for me and at some point the church opted to refer me to HAART Kenya, as they considered HAART’s shelter to be a safer place for me.
HAART Kenya supports survivors of human trafficking and modern slavery on their path to independence through a holistic rehabilitation and reintegration programme. Most of the survivors of trafficking in our program depend on small businesses for their livelihood. Due to the effects of COVID-19 in Kenya, survivors’ incomes have reduced considerably. Most of them are…