Most people who learn that I survived torture express surprise at the fact that I am so “sane”, “eloquent”, “strong” or “normal”.
When talking about human trafficking, modern slavery, or in fact any kind of organised crime, I often encounter helplessness in others. Worse, even specialists who work in this field declared me to be a “miracle” (for not being a “wreck” now). This kind of mystification takes the responsibility we all have to change our society for the better off the shoulders of ordinary citizens. Victims of crime live among us, every single day, and every single one of us can do something to help them and thus defeat the criminals. GIRL IN FATHERLAND shows that all it takes for Lucy to heal is someone to believe her and stand by her. This “someone” has no specialist skills whatsoever, but is in fact modelled on many brave and warm people I have met and keep meeting in my life.