HAART Kenya

Awareness Against Human Trafficking (HAART) is a non-governmental organization working on the problem of human trafficking in Kenya. It was founded in 2010.

“My quest for a ‘better life’ made me a victim of trafficking”
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“My quest for a ‘better life’ made me a victim of trafficking”

At 40 years, I have seen it all having undergone trafficking abroad. As a single mom, my biggest drive is to always create a better life for my 2 school-going children and immediate family. Looking at how far I have come, I am truly grateful to be back home and able to run a business….

Trafficked as a child, she can today look back without distress
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Trafficked as a child, she can today look back without distress

Trafficked as a child, she can today look back without distress My Grandma raised me in Kakamega. When I was in Primary School, she fell ill and could not provide for us anymore, so I went to Nairobi to look for a job. I went back every time I felt I had earned enough for…

That was when I was informed that my friend recruited me as a prostitute to pay off a long term debt…
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That was when I was informed that my friend recruited me as a prostitute to pay off a long term debt…

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. A…

My life was horrible, but this did not deter me from pushing through, as I had to support my children.
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My life was horrible, but this did not deter me from pushing through, as I had to support my children.

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 was excited to finally get out of sex work.
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I was excited to finally get out of sex work.

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.

Instead of facilitating my career as a singer, they forced me into sex work.
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Instead of facilitating my career as a singer, they forced me into 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…

My dream, the dreaded nightmare
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My dream, the dreaded nightmare

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.

One way too many times
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One way too many times

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.

Chepkorir
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Chepkorir

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.

Let us have a future
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Let us have a future

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…