Josephine Appelqvist and Anna Sander met in an outreach program aimed at women in prostitution in Stocholm in 1998. A few years later they founded the organization Talita, as a way to help women in prostitution more extensively. Talita is a Sweden based NGO, offering help and support to women who have been exploited in prostitution, pornography and human trafficking for sexual purposes. Talita's mission is to combat sexualized slavery in all its forms by working preventively, do outreach and run rehabilitating programs. Today the organization has grown and operates in three other countries then Sweden - Kenya, Mongolia and Romania.
Talita's motto is to see the woman's situation holistically, help her the entire way into a new life, regardless of where in the world she has been exploited and regardless of whether someone pays for her placement at our shelter or not.
Our rehabilitation program is based on a method we formed from the knowledge gathered over the 20 years we have worked with our target group. And the method works: virtually every woman who has completed Talita's program has left prostitution for good. Josephine Appelqvist and Anna Sander are operation managers for the shelters and the Talita program in Sweden and abroad.