10 Things I Learned about Human Trafficking

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By Agnes Lam, Hagar Vietnam 1) Almost all the women and children victims we’ve encountered come from very broken families. Their family unit is not intact and often times extremely dysfunctional. For example, there are parents who have abused or sold their children and there are families suffering from debilitating...

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A Breakthrough for trafficking in persons – Shaima’s Story

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Less than two years ago, 21 year-old Shaima was a teacher in one of Afghanistan’s largest cities. Over the next 18 months, she experienced the worst deception. The man who promised her the world raped her and gave her to his friends to rape as well. It was her cruel initiation...

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Safe and Dignified Work

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For three years, Yin Phalik has trained and managed Hagar Cambodia clients at La Residence, a high end French restaurant in Cambodia’s capital city, Phnom Penh. He has high expectations for his staff and wants them to succeed. Phalik’s connection to Hagar clients goes back to the days where...

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Hagar Breaks Barriers with Hogan Lovells

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  On the evening of April 24th, over 100 guests attended Hogan Lovells’ annual Breaking Barriers Cocktail Party, which benefitted Hagar. Established in 2009, Breaking Barriers provides a networking platform for professional women and raises money for a different charity each year that focuses on women’s issues. The evening kicked off with...

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Protecting Women At Work

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It was a normal day at Joma Bakery Café when I received a call from Hagar’s Career Counselor. “It’s happening on Wednesday,” she said. One of my employees had been fearing this day ever since rumours started circulating that her husband would be released from prison.  She had received numerous threats...

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Hagar Hong Kong Needs You

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Now that Hagar has established a presence in Hong Kong, we are looking for volunteers to help provide operational support and share about Hagar’s work with their networks in the community (e.g. school, work, church, club, team, etc). Here are some ways that you can help:
  • Share your professional-level English...

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What is in a Name?

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Women in Afghanistan are sometimes beaten by their husbands because a man (who is not related) spoke their name. One woman was educated enough to have had her university classmate speak her name, so her husband beat her and locked her up for three weeks.  Names and women are...

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Trafficking Is Not The Only Issue

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In the nearly five years I’ve lived and worked in this country, I’ve been confronted by a host of abuses against other human beings. There are the more obvious ones like girls and boys who are sexually exploited by foreign pedophiles, and women forced into work labor in Malaysia....

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Redefining Success

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I had planned to come for two years, but today, eight years later, I’m still here. And just last week we celebrated the 200th girl to receive care, love and new hope at Hagar’s Girls Recovery Shelter. Over the years, I’ve heard many girls’ stories. And I often wondered how...

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1,100 Reasons to Celebrate 2012

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Woven through the stories of the 1,100 women and children we were able to assist in 2012 are stories of hope, of recovery, of freedom:
  • 11 emergency foster families joined Hagar to help support women and children with their transition
  • 441 children participated in our education programmes
  • 650 clients received healthcare – including...

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