I thought that they could be trusted. They were our customers. Our neighbors. Our friends. Even though I was only 14 years old, they said they had found a job for me. So I went with them to the hotel room. Met the customer. But then the police stormed in. I was so scared and confused—I didn’t know why I was there or what was happening. When I was finally told what these women were trying to do, I was so sad. Everything was a lie.
I carried my fear and disappointment with me as I was placed in Hagar’s care. The staff encouraged me to make friends and to let go of my bad memories. But I isolated myself from everyone. Eventually, I opened up to my counselor. She was patient with me and told me for the first time that I had value. She helped me to realize my talents and all of the good things about me.
At first I was nervous to go to court, but Hagar’s Legal and Protection Unit supported me. They explained why it was important for me to seek justice and now the criminals are in prison.
With my newfound confidence, I am ready to return home to my family. Hagar has committed to supporting me through my university education where I hope to study accounting.
Today, I feel very proud of the woman I’ve become. In front of God, I am a beautiful girl, and I know that He is always there for me.