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LAL BATTI EXPRESS*: Young survivors drive us on their journey. Reflection from RENATE member Marie Hélène Halligon, olcgs, event to mark 30 July 2019- UN International Day against Trafficking in Persons.

 

On the 30th of July 2019, I was invited to attend a show given by young Indian survivors of Trafficking coming to Europe (St James of Compostela, Belgium and Rome, as far as I know). Sylvie Bianchi (from SAMILIA) has been attending a presentation on Human trafficking I gave in our community which is located in the red-light district of Brussels, so I went to “La Tricoterie”, a very special place welcoming the group and many other activities.

We had a beautiful moment, as the girls play their own journey through trafficking and surviving, from their childhood up to now: students or formators…

In turn, they very simply play their own stories and their story together, sometimes interacting with the attendance (200 people or so) and it was emotional indeed when they were in tears while going through their painful past…

14 girls from

17 to 23 years old

Every 10 or 15 minutes, they invited us to join in, or playing with them, or answering a few questions or asking for our reaction to the play.

This above part of the play was one which shew us how they were shackled by being trafficked, and the way they got out of it, with a large scarf they bounded them in.

At the end of the play, I told them: “We all have to learn from you” …

And then the UN Ambassador gave them all a present and sung for them to thank them and their staff for their play and above all for their courage!

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Marie Hélène Halligon

“The Red Light Express”