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Join us in the fight to abolish slavery and human trafficking

Press release 2 December 2016

Scandinavian Human Rights Lawyers
2 December, 2016 - PRESS RELEASE
Phone: +46 70 725 19 17 / Email: info@shrl.eu

Join us in the fight to abolish slavery and human trafficking

Today, the 2 December, is the International Day of the Abolition of Slavery. The 2 December 1949 the United Nations Convention for the Suppression of the Traffic in Persons and of the Exploitation of the Prostitution of Others was adopted.

According to Global Slavery Index, 45.8 million people are enslaved in the world today. Most of the victims are women and children.

Scandinavian Human Rights Lawyers are currently representing several victims of human trafficking in judicial proceedings. This short film tells the story of some of them.


Josephine, a 28 years old mother that was a victim of sex trafficking and her little daughter, Patricia, 6 year old. The traffickers put a gun against Patricia’s head, lit cigarettes and burned her body and forced her to watch while they raped her mother and beat her until she started bleeding. The little girl was so traumatized that she lost the ability to eat, talk and play and she had to use diapers again. We fight for their protection and their freedom.

Maria, mother of twins, victim of sex trafficking. Maria was exploited as a sex slave in Europe for ten years. She tried to escape several times but the traffickers found her every time. They tatooed her body to show that they owned her. Maria was then subjected to even more violence, massive threats and abuse. She fled to Sweden and gave birth to twins. The traffickers have threatened to take her children. We fight for their protection and their freedom.

Ana, sold to forced prostitution when she was 16 years old. The traffickers kidnapped Ana, armed with guns, in front of her 11-year old sister. She was subjected to severe violence and abuse and was drugged by the traffickers, who threatened that they would kill her and sell her organs. The traffickers are part of organized crime and corruption impede prosecution. Ana´s mental health is at a critical stage and she has suffered from panic attacks and suicidal thoughts. We fight for Ana and her sister, for their protection and their freedom

Join us in the fight to #endhumantrafficking and #abolishslavery in our time.

For more information contact

Ruth Nordström, Chief Lawyer SHRL
Email: info@shrl.eu or ruth.nordstrom@shrl.eu
Phone: +46 70-725 19 17

Scandinavian Human Rights Lawyers is a Non-Governmental Organisation dedicated to the promotion and protection of human rights and human dignity in Scandinavia and Europe.