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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Healing and Justice for Chantea

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I was told to release the whole story but wasn’t sure if I could handle recalling what happened to me. I was nine when my stepfather raped me. I didn’t understand why he would do this—especially since he was supposed to love my mother. I was constantly scared and couldn’t...

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Shahida

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When I was 13, my father arranged my marriage with a 45-year-old man, who promised my family money in exchange for me. I was very unhappy with him, but endured life with him for one year before running back to my home. My father was very angry when I returned....

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Srey Mom’s Story

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The first time Sreymom went to live and work in Malaysia, she had a good experience. Originally from Cambodia, she was orphaned as a young girl. Her mother died when she was 11 and her father soon after. Her dad had remarried though and so she moved in with...

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Linh Overcomes the Darkness

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I wasn’t afraid of poverty. I didn’t know another way. What got me was the loneliness. Would my dream of a complete and happy family ever be reality? When I was little, my mom passed away. She wasn’t my real mother—but my adopted one. I’ve never known my biological family....

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Rany’s Story

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My name is Rany. I’m sixteen years old and originally from the rural province of Prey Veng. For most of my childhood though, I’ve lived in Cambodia’s capital, Phnom Penh. My life was difficult growing up. The memories are hard to forget. My father never allowed me to go to school....

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