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Neli

My dream is to be a businesswoman and employ young women in poverty and in order to prevent them from falling prey to traffickers.

 
 
 

I grew up in a very poor community with no running water, electricity or indoor plumbing. My father died when I was in high school. My family completely collapsed. I was without home, without  money, and was grieving. All I could afford to eat were cheap apples and coffee. This vulnerable place made me an easy prey for a charming man who promised to care for me, offering marriage and eternal love.  He was, in reality, a human trafficker.  He said that because he had done so much for me that I owed him.  I was soon forced to work in an alley in La Merced, a notorious red-light district in Mexico City until a police raid finally set me free.

With the passing of time, I have been able to regain my trust in people and in myself.  I realized that I could help others. I have shared my story with more than 4000 people. I was spoken to audiences in Paris, Malta, the Vatican and the US.  Reintegra has helped me in my studies and with the pursuit of a degree. In 2016, I graduated with a degree in business administration at the University of La Salle. I am now pursuing a Masters Degree and working in my major of human resources.  My dream is to use my degree to open a business that would hire other survivors and people in poverty who are vulnerable like I was .  I also dream of using my platform as an advocate to help prevent other girls from being prey to Human Trafficking networks.