Rangsy’s Story

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When I was 12 years old I ran away from home. Actually, it wasn’t really home but the alley where I found my mother and stepfather. My real father died when I was young. My mom and stepdad were drug addicts. That’s how we lost our house and ended...

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Srey Mom’s Story

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“I bought a lot of pills on my way back to Cambodia. I planned to take them and end my life. I didn’t have anything—no parents, no money. Not even a small hope of change.” –Sreymom The first time Sreymom went to live and work in Malaysia, she had a...

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When We Couldn’t Say No Anymore

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by Amie Gosselin

We couldn’t say no anymore.

It was 2009. Hagar had been caring for women and girls in Cambodia for 15 years, time and experience maturing our approach to long-term care for victims of abuse.

But then the phone calls started.

The police at the station said, “I know you care...

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Tuan and Ny’s Story

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“I don’t know how old I was when I was sold. I just remember that I was small and that it happened many times. I want to blame my mother for what she did to me, but I don’t because she is my mother and we were too poor.” –Tuan Tuan,...

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Trafficked and Imprisoned No More

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We were just supposed to be “visiting China”. That’s what she said. That’s what he said. But as soon as we crossed the border from Vietnam, I was given over to several men. They made me their “wife”—or housemaid. I was forced to live with them for a year. Finally, with...

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