12 years old: After suffering at the hands of her father who later left
the family in debt, she took up an offer of work in a coffee shop. However,
upstairs was a brothel where she was forced to work until her mother eventually
rescued her and took her to CCPCR’s shelter.
15 years old: The only daughter of a large fatherless family, she had to
take care of her sick mother and three younger brothers which led her into
forced labour and exploitation. Sold by an aunt to a broker who on-sold her to
a restaurant owner in the town centre, for 2 years she lived in terrible
conditions without any pay and was locked in at night and constantly observed. She
had no education, little food and faced daily abuse. One day her uncle found
her looking thin, tired, badly bruised and uncared for and contacted an NGO who
referred her to CCPCR.
7 years old: After migrating illegally to Vietnam with her family who
sought employment harvesting sugar cane, she was stolen to join a group of
young pick pockets, thieves and beggars in Ho Chi Minh City. Being poor and
powerless illegal immigrants, the family returned home without her. Eventually
she was detained by Vietnamese authorities and deported back to Cambodia where
she was received at CCPCR’s Transit Centre. CCPCR located her family and made
arrangements to ensure that she can attend school.