South Africa.  

Kya, 26

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Kya's Story


Kya* is a 26-year-old woman from South Africa. She was betrayed by someone she trusted. Someone she thought was her friend. But this person sold her to traffickers—before long, Kya* found herself being forced to work in the sex trade. When she finally broke free, she met a couple who promised to help her get back on her feet. But they lied to Kya* too. She was re-trafficked, forced to sell herself for sex, and stripped of any money she made.

Kya* became so sick that her traffickers had no choice but to take her to a local clinic. Once at the clinic, she finally had a moment alone with the nurse, away from her traffickers. She seized the moment and asked the nurse for help. The clinic contacted the local police station who transferred her to a nearby hospital. The hospital then contacted our South African National Hotline, and we were able to provide her with support and a safe place during her three months of treatment. Kya* is now free and has been reunited with her family.

Why fundraise? Because every dollar can be the difference between slavery and freedom for lives like Kya* around the globe. Your dollars give hope for the victims still trapped in slavery—that they can reach out for help, they can be rescued, and they can have hope for their future.

*Survivor’s name has been changed for their protection.



South Africa Statistics

46% of assisted survivors are male.

70% of assisted survivors are between 18 and 35 years old.

30% of assisted survivors in South Africa are native to South Africa.

61% of survivors assisted were trafficked by a fake job offer.

78% of A21 survivors in South Africa were trafficked for sexual exploitation or forced labor.

*All provided statistics are based on A21 data and survivors we have assisted. 

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Use your social media to promote this year’s Walk For Freedom. Below we’ve provided you with 2 graphics to tell survivor stories from across the globe. All you have to do is hold down your finger on the photo you want to use and save it to your phone’s photo folder. Then, write your own caption & don’t forget to use our hashtag: #WALKFORFREEDOM. We can’t wait to hear what you have to say!

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