“I let myself be lured into working abroad. At that time I had already been broken. I didn’t mind. I would cut lettuce, fill containers with it. Twelve, more than twelve hours every day. When it was time to be paid, they found all sorts of excuses. I would get up and go to bed while being kicked. Now it’s all coming back to me what I have been through..
Since I have returned lots of positive things happened. It has all been sorted out for son and mother. I sleep and eat better. I gave up drinking and smoking.’’
“I am really troubled that men – strangers abused my body, it was heinous. Even when my heart was bleeding I had to smile. Although tormented and on the verge of death I really desired to live. Every moment I was seized by fear, I was annoyed by so many things and people and felt worthless. I did not want to perform services on the street, but I was forced to, I did not know how to defend myself from him. I felt, I feel impure.
I am too wounded, humiliated, too afraid of being disappointed in life again. Before I used to be a happy girl, had plans, ideas for life. I longed to start a family, have a husband, kids… now I don’t know, I am afraid, I don’t trust men. Many people say that true love shall cure it, so where is it? May it come soon… I handed my past into God’s hands and try not to go back to it. I also pray to my patron saint. I strive for forgiveness but it is not easy. I would like to be independent, be included into society. I have certain dreams, to live in the eternal happiness…“
Ivan– Winner of Unchosen’s Best International Film on Modern Slavery- announced 15 March, 2018.
Directed by Jan Husar, this documentary records the testimony of Ivan, a client of Caritas Slovakia as a result of being a victim of human trafficking.
Sadly, Ivan passed away on the eve of the feast of St. Bakhita, two years ago.
You can view the film at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lrOXHn-gj84&feature=youtu.be
Unchosen is a UK charity that uses film to inform others about Modern Slavery in the UK. Their methodologies include campaigns, events, training and film packages.