Restoring stripped humanity

“I never thought I would be able to sit and laugh with people without doubting my safety around them,” said Mosa, a human trafficking survivor. 

Like many young girls who are human trafficking victims, Mosa’s story started when she was looking for a job after having a child out of wedlock. As a double orphan, she knew she had to support herself and her child. Unfortunately, she became a victim of human trafficking in South Africa. She returned to Lesotho with trauma and a second child.

Mosa was then referred to Beautiful Dream Society by the Lesotho government. When she arrived at our shelter, she was understandably agitated, angry, withdrawn, anxious, and felt hopeless. She often shared with our team that she was scared of the future, both for herself and her children.

We welcomed Mosa into our loving home at the BDS shelter. We provided her with emotional support and psychotherapy, giving her the tools to start processing her trauma and begin to rebuild her life. She also began to rebuild a relationship with her extended family, although she isn’t quite ready to go home because of the stigma surrounding human trafficking victims.

After a lot of hard work, meaningful conversations, and routine counseling, she began to see the light in her life. Now, she has hope for the future. She aspires to be an auxiliary social worker so that she can help others just like “bo-mmee BDS”—her name for the BDS mothers—have helped her.

Our team has helped her continue with her studies and activities that will help her improve her skills and better her livelihood.

Mosa is thankful for the skills training, education, and psychotherapy sessions. She is determined to restore what she refers to as her “stripped humanity.” She is passionate about paying it forward in her community. We are excited about Mosa’s future and are privileged to walk this journey with her!

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