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Ms. van der Kaaden said her group deals with victims of trafficking in Sierra Leone.

During the war, “many people were trafficked, they were forced into labor, many women were forced to become the wives of rebels or forced to become combatants,” she said.

Ms. van der Kaaden said many of these trafficked people were brought to Freetown from other parts of the country and now have no way to go home.

Many victims were children when they were first exploited and do not know who their parents are or where their homes were.

Ms. van der Kaaden said the families of these children are often too poor to afford other members and that the traumatic experiences of the survivors make it hard to have successful reunifications.

Many girls end up as commercial sex workers. “They see that as their only option,” said Ms. van der Kaaden.