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Our mission is to provide financial, emotional, and educational support for survivors of human trafficking and victims of domestic violence in Albania; to prevent human trafficking in the Balkans; and to educate the public about human trafficking. We have been providing support for Albanian trafficking survivors since 2003.
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.
My name is E.R. and I am from Elbasan. When I was 15, my parents married me, against my will, to a man aged 35, whom I did not love. So started my miseries.
Not too long afterwards, I abandoned him and returned to my family. But my parents did not accept me back because I had dishonored them by leaving my husband...
Albania is off the coast of Italy and it shares a border with Greece, Macedonia, Kosovo, and Montenegro.
Albania has a population of 2.8 Million people and has a land area similar to the state of Hawaii.
AAGW Founder Amy Sebes engaged in a panel discussion on current human trafficking issues with the Albanian Ambassador to the U.S. and the Executive Director of the Kate Spade Foundation.