Thousands of young people are trafficked throughout Europe every year
“The team of House of Opportunity were the reason I did not give up. They gave me hope.”
Maria* had every reason to be fearful of the future. With no family to turn to and her 18th birthday looming, Maria was faced with the prospect of leaving the institution in Bulgaria where she grew up and having to find her own way in the world.
Throughout Southeast Europe, thousands of vulnerable young people just like Maria fall prey to human traffickers, who exploit them through forced prostitution or labour, or fall into extreme poverty, doing whatever it takes to survive.