400,000 to 500,000 Moldovans are estimated to work abroad; approximately a quarter of the working population. Many are looking for a way out of poverty; others simply want to build a better life for themselves and their families. For some women and girls, these dreams of a better future become their worse nightmares. Some are raped, abused and systematically exploited.
Over the past ten years, IOM Moldova has assisted more than 2,700 victims of trafficking to return home, to overcome their traumas and to start a new life. These are only the ones we know about. The real figure is significantly higher. The IOM Rehabiliation Centre provides medical, psychological, and legal help for trafficking survivors. IOM Moldova also provides each beneficiary with the specific help and support she needs to rebuild her life.