In a country known for its sex trafficking industry, one woman is standing up for trafficked girls, taking them in and giving them a shot at a brighter future.
For the past 18 years, Iana Matei, a psychologist in Romania, has been providing shelter, psychosocial support and education to women and girls who are victims of sexual exploitation, Al Jazeera reported in a recent feature.
“I don’t know if I am courageous, but I do know that I am angry,” Matei told the news outlet. “I’m angry at the people who do this, who beat up a young girl, rape her and force her into prostitution. And I’m angry at society for turning a blind eye.”