Albania Mission Against
Human Trafficking

Women's Project harvesting beans in Kallmet

MARY WARD LORETO is planting hope with a human rights approach to combating modern day slavery. This challenging mission is implemented through works of justice, education, grass roots action and systemic change. The aim is to eradicate poverty, the prime cause for human trafficking.

Alba is a new 25-year-old mother with 2 children at young ages. Alba’s sister is missing and so, Alba is the main carer for her nephew (her sister’s son).  Alba got married when she was only 18 years old, mainly for economic reasons, because her family was very poor. She and her husband moved to Tirana in search of a better life and lived in a rented house.

However, there were considerable difficulties for them in Tirana. Although Alba worked as a cleaner, her husband did not find regular work and the earnings were not enough to support a family of five members.

Due to stress her husband was involved in a confict with another person and ended up in prison for two years. Alba remained alone with the children, facing endless expenses.

The only solution that she could find at that time was  prostitution. Although abused, intimidated and beaten, she continued as she was the only person earning money so that she could feed her children. But she could not continue for long. She gained the courage to speak with a sister who referred Alba to us.

Alba wanted to leave prostitution, but she was desperate for money and the most immediate things. An emergency response was granted to her by providing a monthly food package, clothes for children, and medical assistance. At the same time, a plan was made with her for finding  regular work. Psychological counselling was offered to her to overcome the trauma of abuse.

Now, two years later, Alba is re-united with her husband and is employed. But above all, she feels free and independent, hopeful and happy.