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World Day against Trafficking in Persons

Posted by on Aug 26, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on World Day against Trafficking in Persons

On July 30th, all roads led to Shifteye Gallery for the opening of the 2016 Arts to End Slavery exhibition and the World Day against Trafficking in Persons celebration. One by one the guests came in as from 6pm. The evening had an exciting programme put together by both HAART and PAWA254 who were the conveners of the event. Read the full story...

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A2ES Opening

Posted by on Jul 5, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on A2ES Opening

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Challenges

Posted by on Jul 4, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Challenges

“How is it that we still smile when the pressure comes? How is it we stand firm when they think we should run? How is it that we retain our integrity? How is it through this maze that we keep the clarity? How is it that through pain we retain compassion?” (Lemn Sissay) When you work with victims of trafficking, you have bad days and good days. Good days are when you listen to stories of hope, breakthrough and survival against all odds. Good days are when you know that the work that you did, made the journey of our survivors slightly easier....

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Press Release: A2ES Event

Posted by on May 27, 2016 in Press | 0 comments

PRESS RELEASE Art and music to educate at-risk residents of Nairobi’s Mathare informal settlement Nine acts will perform songs with positive social messages while Nairobi artists and slum residents paint an anti-trafficking mural in the build-up to July’s Arts to End Slavery project Poorest citizens most at-risk of becoming human trafficking victims Human trafficking – or modern-day slavery – is the second biggest criminal enterprise in the world, affecting 21 million people each year Thursday, May 26 – One of Nairobi’s biggest informal...

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Press Release: New Child Trafficking Manual

Posted by on May 25, 2016 in Press | 1 comment

Children’s manual on human trafficking launched for first time in Kenya;  Collaboration between 16 international and national partners. Children most vulnerable to internal, domestic trafficking like child marriage and house help Pre-testing phase undertaken in children’s shelter with abused children Human trafficking – or modern-day slavery – is the second biggest criminal enterprise in the world, affecting 35 million people in the world each year. Wednesday, May 18 – A Kenyan-first human trafficking manual aimed at school children,...

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It takes attitude to have HAART

Posted by on May 6, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on It takes attitude to have HAART

Human trafficking won’t disappear on its own; it will take commitment and concern from people the world over to really make a dent. It’s especially important that young people engage with the cause. Twenty-one-year-old Finali Galaiya is both a contestant in this weekend’s inaugural Miss Attitude East Africa 2016 beauty pageant and a passionate believer in the fight to end human trafficking. Finali is hoping to use her position to help raise the profile of the anti-human trafficking campaign and the work that organisations like HAART are...

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When My Home Became a Prison

Posted by on Apr 13, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on When My Home Became a Prison

I remember being 11 years old and locked inside my parents’ house. As people stood guard outside the house to ensure I wouldn’t escape. They were going to cut me and I had no choice. I underwent what they call female genital mutilation. I had only just finished my sixth grade exams. Immediately after they started negotiating my bride price. Photo by Rehema Baya My name is Simu* and I am now 17-years-old. I come from a large Masaai family; my father has four wives and I am one of his 35 children. My sister and half-sisters before me were also...

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Research on IDPs vs Human Trafficking

Posted by on Mar 29, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Research on IDPs vs Human Trafficking

The crisis of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) is not a new phenomenon in Kenya. In the period directly after the country experienced post-election violence in 2007, the magnitude of displaced people has risen. As a result of the ethnic-spirited violence in various parts of the country, the number of IDPs has reached an all-time high of up to 309,200 displaced Kenyans according to the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC). Human Rights activist organizations and the international community as a whole have been alarmed with the...

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Social media and human trafficking

Posted by on Feb 9, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Social media and human trafficking

A new video from IOM explains the connection between human trafficking and social media. It’s something that traffickers use primarily for recruitment, but we also use it to fight human trafficking; to create awareness and get in touch with victims and hopefully ensure they are rescued. Yesterday we were actually able to rescue a young girl who had been trafficked for domestic servitude and she was also physically, psychologically and sexually abused. We found her through facebook and we managed to rescue her together with the local...

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“They are Stealing our Pussies!”

Posted by on Jan 25, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on “They are Stealing our Pussies!”

Maria* was walking down a street in Nairobi, covered with blood, beaten up by a customer. She saw police officers and sought for help, in vain. The police wanted “their share” if they were going to help, even just to take her to hospital. This wasn’t an unique situation, around 80% of Maria’s customers are somehow violent. Consequently, she prefers to have oral sex with the customers; she has been raped more than once when she has refused anal sex during intercourse. “They are stealing our pussies!” was shouted at the nightclub Maria worked...

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