victoria's story


“Stop dreaming girl!” Victoria’s mother barked. “You have to do the laundry, wash the dishes, change your brother’s diapers…” Victoria’s mind drifted off, “I’ve gotta get out of this place!” “Okay, mom”, she responded. Her thoughts drift off again… teenagers in America have nice lives. She had seen it on cable TV. Maybe one day she could be a receptionist, a graphic designer or even a flight attendant. She had always loved the thought of travel. “I’ve gotta get out of Moldova,” she resolved.

Well today is your lucky day. I work for an American company in Turkey; we have an opening for a young woman.

“You look like you’re dreaming.” Victoria looked up from her park bench, “My name is Tanja.” “Hi”, Victoria extended her hand to a well-dressed woman, “Yeah, I’m always dreaming of getting out of this hole. I want to go to America. I want to travel. I hate this place!”

“Well today is your lucky day. I work for an American company in Turkey; we have an opening for a young woman. If you work hard enough, maybe you could get transferred to America! Corporate is always looking for new talent.” What a dream! As the fields sped by Victoria dreamed of her new flat in Istanbul, even a new boyfriend.

by the third day she had lost count, lost her dignity and her will. The dream was now a nightmare

“Get out of the car!” Her dream was rudely interrupted. “Why?” “Get out now and follow me”. “But where are we?” “Now”! Victoria followed Tanja into a forested area. Men were waiting. A passport was thrust into her hands. The photo was familiar but the name was not hers. “You are coming with us now.”

After walking across the border into Serbia, Victoria was thrown to the ground. If you resist we will kill you, and nobody will know! Victoria was raped once, twice, by the third day she had lost count, lost her dignity and her will. The dream was now a nightmare.

In two years she had been sold ten times, each time around $1,500 USD.

Her captors sold her from brothel to brothel to satisfy the lust of desperate men. In two years she had been sold ten times, each time around $1,500 USD. Eventually she was sold into Albania. A client beats her in a urine smelling hotel.

The neighbors complain. The police arrest Victoria for disturbing the peace. In her cell they rape her until they are finished. Then sell her on. This nightmare now becomes her destiny. A child grows in her womb. Victoria clings to the dream that maybe her daughter will have a destiny in America…