Lanh’s Journey Begins

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Lanh was neglected and abandoned by her mother, who had seven children with different men. The 15-year-old girl has never known her real father and experienced physical abuse since she was very small. Left on her own at a very young age, Lanh lived in different places, including pagodas, while trying...

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Women Who Shine x Hagar

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On 12th May 2015, a Hagar client and members of the Hagar International project team marked the launch of the “Women Who Shine X Hagar” photography exhibition in Hong Kong. Jointly presented by Hagar International, Seasoning, and An Ant Capture, the exhibition spotlighted six women survivors of extreme abuse from...

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Forced to Dance

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This story was collected during research for Forgotten No More: Male Child Trafficking in Afghanistan I am 13 years old. My family life was difficult. I had a stepmother who beat me many times. When I was around 11 years old, I was walking in the provincial capital and...

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Deutsche Bank Asia Foundation Features Hagar Vietnam’s Economic Empowerment Programme

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Employment and career training are crucial to a survivor's holistic recovery. In Vietnam, Hagar partners with institutions like the Deutsche Bank Asia Foundation to run the Economic Empowerment Programme that provides capacity-building, training and career development for women who have survived extreme abuse and exploitation. “We want to empower...

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Huyen’s Story of Transformation

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Transformation is defined as “a marked change…as in appearance or character…usually for the better”. As a staff member at Hagar Vietnam, I must agree. For each individual client in our care, transformation is different, but one thing remains the same…it is noticed, unique, and inspiring. Take the case of Huyen....

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Mahida’s Story

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Madiha tells her story straight-faced. She answers questions in a quiet, monotonous tone. “I will start from the beginning, because that’s where the violence started. My father died when I was a child, leaving my mother with my brother, my sister, and me. An enemy of our family would often threaten...

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Kalyan’s Journey to Forgiveness

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With her black sharp eyes, Kalyan is a friendly and energetic woman. It is hard to believe that she has had such a dark past. When she was 15 years old, she was trafficked for sexual exploitation by her mother. Now 19, she is a beautiful young woman living with...

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A Second Chance

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I used to live in darkness and considered ending it all. When I was eighteen, I was trafficked to Russia where I worked illegally as a labourer. But even after I was rescued and returned home to Vietnam, I still couldn’t find a job that paid enough money to...

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Oun Srey’s New Life

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Young girls should never experience abuse and pain. But it happened to me when I was only six years old. I remember that night like a vivid dream. I was asleep at my grandma's house when someone came in and gently carried me. I thought it was my father who came...

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Coming Home

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Anh, now 22, was just 18 years old when she was trafficked to China and forced to be a prostitute. For more than a year, she suffered her “darkest days” full of pain and sorrow. After 13 months of abuse, Anh was able to escape and leave China. But the...

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