A story of trafficking and sexual exploitation.
At the age of 15, with her mother pregnant and her father ill with hepatitis, Ngon accepted a waitress position at a coffee shop in her home town of Siem Reap, Cambodia. Though she soon learned it was really a front for a brothel, she was so desperate for money for her family that she stayed. As a sex worker, life was brutal. The shop owner took half of any money she made, her customers were often drunk
and violent, and many didn't pay her at all. No matter how sick or tired she was, she had to work every night. After almost a year, police raided the shop and Ngon was freed and given a place at World Vision's Trauma Recovery Center. She received counseling and the job training she needs to fulfill her dream. "I want to open a small business, selling mixed fruit, rice soup or rice and coffee..."
How a nutrition training program saved her and her siblings' lives.
Under the fierce sun in Ethiopia, 15 women have gathered for their weekly World Vision Essential Nutrition Package training. Amaru Zeleke is there with her four-year-old daughter Kalkidan, who was near death a few months ago.
Kalkidan is now healthy because her mother learned about disease-reducing hygiene and basic nutrition.
"Now I give the children potato, cabbage, rice, beet root, eggs and barley," boasts Amaru. "I still don't have a lot of money but now I know I have to give them different foods. I am minimizing other costs to make sure I can give them the food that they need."
A young Cambodian girl escapes a life of prostitution thanks to people like you.
Ka lived on the streets and helped her family survive by scavenging cans and begging. She was five years old. After leaving home a few years later, she became one of the thousands of kids in Cambodia tricked into a life of sexual slavery. A brothel owner forced her to serve five or ten men a night for years. Luckily, she was finally freed and taken to World Vision's Trauma Recovery Project.
There she received job-skills training and counseling for her body, mind and spirit. Today, she says: "I can see light coming into my life and I can think about the future."
A 17 year old orphan from Cambodia who was given a second chance by someone like you.
Chakriy is a 17 years old orphan from Phnom Penh, Cambodia. After her parents died of AIDS, her uncle began abusing her. Like other girls in her situation; desperate for money, food, and shelter, she became trapped working in the sex industry. After two years as a sex worker, Chakriy was lured into a house where ten men forced her to have sex with them at the same time. She was finally
set free after a police raid. Chakriy was treated at the World Vision Trauma Recovery Center and received vocational training. Now she has a bright future. She says, "I have let my sorrow go like a balloon and now I am starting my new life."