Her best chance out from being trafficked is you
Lilis’ story could happen in any Singapore neighbourhood. Learning to recognise the signs of exploitation could spur you to help.
Human trafficking happens in Singapore. It is real and fiercely alive; a heinous crime that has devastated millions of innocent lives.
These victims could be in our neighbourhoods or workplaces. By learning how to recognise signs of a victim, we will be better equipped to provide help, or even better; prevent a tragedy.
The scary truth is - each and every one of us could become a victim of trafficking, especially in our globalised society now. Many seek better futures for themselves and their families by relocating to foreign countries for work.
Striking deals with deceptive employers, unsuspecting victims fall prey to false offers. Few ever escape and many remain entrapped in sex work, forced labour or exploitative employment conditions.
Hagar met Lilis two years ago in the shelter that she was placed in, upon her rescue.
At fourteen, Lilis was trafficked to Singapore to work in a brothel. Eager to help alleviate the family's financial burden after her mother's death, she jumped at the Singapore job offer without realising that it was a ploy by the "employment agent" to exploit her young body.
Lilis is not alone; similar deceptive acts by criminal syndicates have shattered countless lives in Singapore and around the world.
Walking the whole journey of recovery with survivors, Hagar provides protection, recovery, education, economic empowerment and community reintegration support.
Today, Lilis is back in her community, ready to face life all over again. With the help of Hagar and a partner agency, Lilis has settled home safely, and is loving her job as an apprentice in a beauty salon.