Ruth Hopkins is a British journalist and law lecturer, recently moved from Amsterdam to Johannesburg, where she works as a correspondent for Dutch and English media. She is thoroughly enjoying the idiosyncrasies, surprises and delights of South African life and society. Ruth wrote a book on trafficking in women in/to the Netherlands, which was published in 2005 (Ik laat je nooit meer gaan, I will never let you go again), based on five years of research in Albania, Bulgaria, Ukraine and the Netherlands. In addition to her journalistic work, Ruth taught human rights at a journalism college in the Netherlands and she works as an English language editor. She is currently very close to finishing the final draft of her first novel about ‘Magdalene women’ who were incarcerated in convents in Ireland if they were perceived as a ‘moral danger to society’. The book will appear in English and Dutch. Ruth is a fervent (but not yet very skilled) practitioner of Ashtanga yoga and loves walks through South Africa’s many nature reserves, spotting exotic animals she has only seen in books or zoos before.