I know this post is long but it’s worth reading, it’s about time people began confronting the reality of trafficking in Cambodia.
I have spent the past month working along side the beautiful soul of Somaly mam and her team at AFESIP, helping save and rehabilitate young girls and women from human trafficking. Every day you listen to horrific stories come from girls as young as 4. They speak about being sold, raped, beaten, starved, denied any form of hygiene/healthy living conditions, refused fresh water and admitted electric shocks at any sign of ‘disobedience.’ Victims are bound in silence and told if they speak out they would be killed. This is the G-rated version of describing what these girls have lived. It is a completely different ball game once you visit the brothels, hospitals, lawyers and sit in front of them whilst they describe their living nightmares.
This experience has pushed me to my emotional limits and there were many times I thought I couldn’t keep going to work. But then I would become another person that turns a blind eye to the reality of human trafficking. These women have changed my life and the strength of the victims is unbelievable. I cannot describe the sadness and hurt I feel, but I thank God there are organisations such as AFESIP saving these women and freeing them of a life in slavery. All of you are now my family and you have made me a completely different person, I will forever hold you all in my heart and never forget the experiences I shared with you all. Thank you for the love we shared and the tears we shed together, I love you all and will miss you dearly until we are reunited ❤️ #together1heart #somalymamfoundation #humanrights #womensrights #endhumantrafficking #endviolenceagainstwomen