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Maria’s Story

By February 15, 2013January 9th, 2018House of Opportunity

“I don’t want to end up like my sister…”


At just 16 years old, Maria’s sister is a prostitute, so are several of her friends and family. For many Roma women, this is not a choice, it is a way to survive. Conditions in Eastern Europe’s Roma communities are precarious; there is little access to healthcare, education or employment. Every day, children like Maria are abandoned or trafficked by their families.