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Empower Women with Possibilities this International Women's Day 2024

Kanha’s Story

One day when Kanha was on her way home from school, a man approached her and forced her to follow him to a quiet and less populated space. There, he raped her, leaving Kanha both physically hurt and emotionally traumatised. The trauma of this event resulted in Kanha having terrible nightmares and reflecting on the event often. She also faced discrimination from people in her community and her own family who all

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Proeumprei’s Story – Recovery in Cambodia

*Proeumprei was badly let down by people she, and her community, thought that she could trust. Several years ago, Proeumprei was attending classes at her local church to learn English and computer skills with other children from her community. Families in the community trusted the church and its leadership and were grateful for the opportunities that the church were providing their children to have fun and learn. However, Proeumprei was eventually raped

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Sahini's journey home

Sahini’s Journey Home

Sahini* was still a child when she began working to support her family. Her mother was ill and her younger brother had an intellectual disability. The responsibility fell to Sahini to earn enough to make ends meet. But her earnings were barely enough for the family of three. With limited job opportunities available, Sahini started to look for opportunities abroad. A trafficker seized the opportunity to lure her to work in Singapore.

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Tai’s Story – COVID Support

Tai was born into extremely difficult circumstances. His father died from a traffic accident, his mother had a mental disorder and the only person he could rely on was his grandmother – who is 57 years old. Tai also has autism and when he was 4 years old, Tai was physically abused by his preschool teacher. The horrific incident was brought to light and the school and teacher suffered disciplinary punishment. The

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Neary’s Story

Life During a Pandemic Neary is a human trafficking survivor and our Hagar staff has been walking the recovery journey with her for approximately 7 months. She has been working in a garment factory to survive and support her family. However, the recent pandemic with COVID-19 has recently presented many challenges for her. Due to the virus, her hours were reduced at work and she moved from working full time to part

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Hoang’s Story – Returning Home

The overwhelming need to find work and make a sustainable livelihood can make women and girls susceptible to being tricked into human slavery. At the age of 18, Hoang had no concept of human trafficking. From an ethnic minority living in central Vietnam, she went willingly with a woman from a neighboring village on the promise of work in China. Too late, she realized she had been sold as a bride to

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Botra’s Story – One Boy’s Story of Hope & Survival

The overwhelming need to find work and make a sustainable livelihood can make women and girls susceptible to being tricked into human slavery. At the age of 18, Hoang had no concept of human trafficking. From an ethnic minority living in central Vietnam, she went willingly with a woman from a neighboring village on the promise of work in China. Too late, she realized she had been sold as a bride to

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Somphors’ Journey, A Survivor’s Story

Somphors, a 36 year old mother of 3 who lives in the Battambang province, Northwest region of Cambodia. This is her whole journey with Hagar. In 2015, Somphors was forced to move away from her family, children and community to work at the Cambodian-Thai borders as a beer promoter in a night club. It was here where she was offered the opportunity to marry a man from China for money to support

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The Power of Education – Tien’s Story

Education connected with recovery unlocks full potential.   Growing up in a family where the parents got divorced and living with the father’s family, Tien didn’t get as much care from her mother as a normal kid would like. She was tricked by a group of Vietnamese people and trafficked to China at the age of 16. There she had to be wife to 3 different Chinese men. Almost 2 years later,

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Overcoming Stigmas – Loi’s Story

“I can overcome what hindered me in the past, and so can you.” Loi, a 21-year-old client of Hagar International in Vietnam attended an international conference in Taiwan in late October 2018. At this event, Loi had many opportunities to learn and grow by sharing her story and listening to other Ambassadors. When Loi was referred to Hagar two years ago by a former Hagar client, she suffered from multiple traumas, initially

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