Coming out of the Shadows by Roxana (name changed to protect identity), is a book about a young Romanian who was helped by Trowbridge-based charity, People against Poverty, to escape horrific abuse and turn her life around.

Roxana started life in a Romanian orphanage where she was left at just one year of age. The abuse started there and when her parents came to take her back aged five, she was only too delighted to go with them.

The family fell on hard times, her parents divorced and she was left with a family that beat and abused her for over eight years, and planned to send her to Italy for prostitution. Eventually, Roxana was noticed by People against Poverty’s Romanian project. 

Her book is a harrowing read, but one of many stories that must be told as they offer a glimpse into some of the unpalatable truths of our world alongside a story of hope and inspiration when constructive intervention is put in place.

Roxana is now completing her studies at high school, recently trained as a cook and has a steady job to provide herself with a secure income. 

This is just one story – there are thousands more. People against Poverty and many other charities work tirelessly to help people build stronger communities and turn their lives around, but they need support from individuals, businesses, politicians and the communities themselves.

You can help by buying Roxana’s book which is available for just £6.99 (inc. postage) directly from, with all profits going directly to her.