On the road to recovery
Hagar Vietnam was launched over three years ago, in response to a tremendous unmet need in Vietnam. Our country leader, Agnes Lam, reflects on the many things that she has learned. Here are ten of them:
1) Almost all the women and children victims we've encountered come from very broken families.
2) Raising awareness of human trafficking with at-risk victims will not necessarily prevent someone from being trafficked.
3) Many victims of human trafficking attract unhealthy and poisonous romantic relationships.
4) There are many shades of grey when it comes to exploitation.
5) The internet is becoming a sophisticated tool in trafficking young people.
6) Learning disabilities and mental disorders can be a major risk factor leading to violence and human trafficking.
7) Supporting victims is much harder than just providing trauma-counseling and giving someone a job.
8) A client's sense of ownership over the healing process is one of the most important factors determining whether a client will change their lives.
9) The cycle of violence is very real.
10) Trafficking a human being is much easier than people could imagine.
See below for a link to Hagar International's website, to read an expanded list of these 10 things.