Roselyn* thought she was going to work in the F&B industry in Hong Kong when she was first approached by one of her friends. About 4 months ago back in the Philippines, her friend said she knew of a good job opportunity: waiting on tables at a five stars hotel in Hong Kong. Roselyn’s father was suffering from an illness and she needed the money to pay the bills, therefore she agreed to take the offer.
Once she arrived in Hong Kong, the job suddenly became very different. Roselyn was told that she would have to work in a bar and she must have sex with the customers.
She said her friend in the Philippines, someone she had known for some time, had been told by the recruiter to hide the true nature of the job from her. She said her friend had been groomed to be a trafficker.
*All names and identifying information have been changed to protect the identity of the survivor.
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A version of this story was originally published at www.stophk.org on September 14, 2015. Story provided by the Diocesan Pastoral Centre for Filipinos.
The photo is not of the actual victims.