A few months ago, I became a member of Together Strong, an organized interest group established with the support of FairWork by women most of whom were once victims of human trafficking themselves into the Netherlands. We have joined forces in order to reach out to other people with similar experiences that have survived modern slavery and to stand up for the rights of victims of human trafficking in the Netherlands. We are experts by experience and believe the public needs to be informed that modern slavery still exists. It continues with invisible chains. Thousands of women, men, and children are working under slave-like conditions in sectors such as hospitality, domestic care, agriculture, construction, and the sex industry.
I believe that everyone condemns slavery. It is a pernicious and hidden crime. No human heart and mind can deny that. It is poignant experiences that no one should bear. Unfortunately, few of us are aware how it flows throughout our lives because it is concealed by our own ignorance. However if we make our voices heard, we can contribute to the fight against human trafficking.
A few days ago, Together Strong participated in the WOMEN Inc. Festival 2013 in Amsterdam. WOMEN Inc. is a network for women who want to strengthen themselves and the overall position of women in the Netherlands. It was a great privilege to be part of the event. This was an ideal opportunity for us to belt out and create awareness of the existence of modern day slavery and how it is possible in a European country like the Netherlands.
I am convinced that public awareness is one of the greatest tools to tackle issues such as human trafficking. Our small actions can make big differences between slavery and freedom in a person’s life.
“We are each of us angels with only one wing and we can only fly by embracing one another.”
- Luciano De Crescenzo
Christina is originally from Madagascar. Currently, she lives in Amsterdam, working for a Media Research company and volunteering her spare time to Human Rights Organizations. She is passionate about helping poor, abused women and under privileged children. She aims to reach out to wherever needed and help bring a positive change in people’s lives in whatever way she can contribute.