Dar Hosea aims to reach out to vulnerable women who are exploited into prostitution, by offering the support and assistance that are required. Dar Hosea aims to provide self-dignity, hope and support to women in prostitution through counselling, social work intervention, inspiration, encouragement and empowerment. Through these sources, vulnerable women will benefit by regaining a sense of self-respect, self-esteem, and self-sufficiency. Dar Hosea provides women in prostitution with basic needs such as food, clothing, and a safe place where they may eat, shower and rest. Extended support to tackle issues such as housing, medical issues and legal problems is also provided. Additionally, Dar Hosea offers the facility for developing alternative lifestyles, through educational programmes and job support. Dar Hosea also reaches out to women in different contexts of vulnerability, including migrants and young women living in residential care, to encourage them to make use of its services and avoid being entrapped in the web of prostitution. The organisation provides its services in close collaboration with other professionals and organisations involved in the area.
Childhood sexual exploitation, physical abuse, and emotional neglect, are among the distinctive underlying factors for trajectories into prostitution. Early adolescence is the most frequently reported age of entry into any type of prostitution. Due to such exploitative experiences, it is common for these women to engage in abusive and manipulative relationships with partners and pimps, who further exploit and coerce them into prostitution.
Sr Natalie is the Delegate Superior of the Sisters of Charity of the Italy-Malta Province. She is a qualified social worker and has a degree in Religious Studies, and has worked as a residential social worker and part-time teacher for a number of years.
Maria Mangion is a mother and an activist for social justice and animal rights. She is a warranted social worker and psychotherapist. Maria has held different positions in the social sector and worked in different areas namely children and families, domestic violence, childcare, homelessness and rehabilitation and correctional services. She obtained a Master of Arts in Social Work, a Masters in Gestalt Psychotherapy and is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Malta reading a Doctorate in Philosophy in Social Work. In her free time Maria likes to travel, go for long walks, quiet time by the sea, write and read.
Marco Farrugia is a notary by profession, with decades of experience. He also works to support prison inmates and their families, as well as contributing to other voluntary organisations in the sectors of cultural heritage and social outreach.
Frank Mifsud has served in the Public Service for forty-two years. He served in postal services, employment, social welfare, drug treatment and rehabilitation, cultural heritage. He also held key roles in the ministries for Social Policy, Home Affairs and Social Development, Education and Culture, Health and Care for the Elderly. He sat on several Boards and Committees. He currently sits on the Governing Board of the St Jeanne Antide Foundation, is a collaborator of the Centre for Ignatian Spirituality, and is active in a number of religious organizations.
Anna Maria Vella is a medical doctor who has, for the past 24 years, been working with women caught up in prostitution and are using illicit drugs. Anna Maria’s PhD research focused on such themes, and her work at Dar Hosea reflects her specialisation in addiction, where she also runs an STI clinic.