We invited the commercial sex workers of all the surrounding taverns, whom we already had relationships with, to join us in training to recognize human trafficking. This way they’ll be able to look for the signs while they’re working in the taverns and know how to act.
As the training went on however, we realized that most of the girls had already encountered trafficking themselves at some point. They simply never had the terminology to describe the wrong being done in their lives.
As we spoke about the stages of trafficking and the ways people get tricked into sex work, we were met with “mmm’s” and “yes, yes.” One girl even said aloud, “Yes, that is what happened to me.” This began a discussion of girls freely telling their stories. Through this training, they will now be able to help others who have been trafficked into sex work.