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#16Days16Stories:Trafficked Women and Girls in Their Own Words

Mercy Global Action at the United Nations in partnership with the Congregation of Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd presents our campaign #16Days16Stories as part of the UN sponsored 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence. Our campaign focuses on the experience of formerly trafficked women and girls who give testimony to gender discrimination and marginalization from childhood into early adulthood.

Their stories, told in their own words, highlight the many human rights violations and cumulative disadvantages in their life journeys. Through their stories, survivor advocates provide key insights into preventative measures to end human trafficking

Day 4: Leah - Threatened and wounded

My name is Leah. I was born in 1990 somewhere in Mindanao. I was the third child in a large family. I had one older brother and an older sister. My whole family lived near my grandparents on my mother’s side. I was closer to my mother than my father. My mother gave me love and protection from my father’s abusive behaviour...

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