The Association of Albanian Girls and Women (AAGW) is a nonprofit organization empowering victims of human trafficking. Created in 2003 by and for victims of human trafficking, our average age is seventeen; our youngest girls have been twelve. We are the beneficiaries of AAGW, but we are also its members and leaders.
It is estimated that there are over 10,000 Albanian girls and women who are currently or who formerly have been victims of illegal trafficking for the purpose of enforced prostitution, one third of whom are younger than eighteen. They are then sold and resold from one organized crime syndicate to another, and the treatment they receive is unspeakable.
Find out more about lesson plans developed for targeted high schools and middle schools in Albania.
This curriculum has been successfully adapted for use in the Philippines and we encourage others to make similar use of these lesson plans.
"They told me that my brother wanted me to go to Italy, where I could work for an Albanian family and earn money to support my family. They also threatened me that bad things could happen to my family if I would resist them or try to run away."
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