Talitha Koumi: We put a face to the victims

They live more than 13,000 km from Canada and they really exist! Talitha Koumi’s motto is to save victims of sex trafficking one image at a time, so this article wants to introduce you to some of the victims that some of the victims that we met during our photo-reportage.

This young mother of about 30 years old is no longer a victim of sex trafficking. However, her years spent in brothels left her with HIV.

At the time, there was no systematic screening. This young woman has therefore contaminated her children and her husband.

At the time, there was no systematic screening. This young woman has therefore contaminated her children and her husband.

She and her husband are on triple therapy.

What leads a young woman into prostitution? For all the victims we interviewed, the answer is the same: extreme

A young prostitutepoverty and no other solution on the horizon.

It should be noted that in Indonesia, there is no social safety net like here in Canada. When someone does not work, they have no money to dress or eat. Prostitution

unfortunately becomes the only means of survival available to families in the Indramayu district.

In the center of the photo, surrounded by the extended family that depends on her, we find Devi.

She began to be exploited at the age of 11. At the time of the interview, she had just had a miscarriage at 7 months of pregnancy, alone at home.

Thanks to Talitha Koumi, among others, Devi can now consider starting a small business at home so as not to return to prostitution.

Social, cultural and family pressure is what firmly holds these young women under the yoke of pimps. In Indonesia, there is no need for violence to keep women in the slavery of sex trafficking. The pressure from the family that depends entirely on the young victim’s salary is more than enough for her to continue to sell herself against her will.

To conclude, here is Dewi, a young 17-year-old mother who could not bring herself to have an abortion. Threatened by traffickers to whom she owes money, she could not stay in the village with her family to take care of her son.

Talitha Koumi is currently working with a local NGO to facilitate Dewi’s return to the village, so that she can take care of her son and also return to school.

Until now, Dewi and Devi had no hope of getting out of this world of darkness, but thanks to the work of the Talitha Koumi Foundation and its donors, Devi and Dewi can now dream of a better future far from prostitution.

Daniel Jean


CEO of Talitha Koumi