Photography by Xavier Verhoest
Drawings by Almasi*
All the proceeds for this
piece will go solely to Almasi.
Almasi was deceived by a childhood friend that said she could work as a cleaner in Mombasa in white people’s houses and make a lot of money. She was desperate and needed to take care of her children so she took up the offer. In Mombasa she was taken to a house that served as a brothel and was forced to work as a sex slave for six months. She only managed to escape when a client was taking her to his own hotel room and did that by jumping out of a moving vehicle. She begged on the streets to earn money to come back home. When she came back home, she found out that she was HIV positive. This is her story and this could happen to anyone.