As you read these words, over 48 million people are enslaved -- more than at any time in modern history. More than half of these precious souls are caught in the commercial sex trade, and 80% of them are women and girls.
Sadly, only 1% have any hope of being rescued. Those who do escape face immense odds. Many will have no safe place to go and no way to live sustainably. Without these critical supports, the vast majority will be trafficked again.
For decades, traffickers have targeted women and children from Romania. In 2020, an investigation into 156 brothels in the UK found that 86% of the women enslaved at the brothels were Romanian. Our work focuses on Romania because it is the epicenter of trafficking in Europe.