More and more recruitment agencies in Cambodia and Vietnam are luring women to work abroad with the promise of high salaries. When they arrive at their new job, they discover they've been trafficked for labor. Stripped of their legal documents, they are trapped. Their employers force them to work long grueling hours, and threaten and abuse them. Some escape and wander the streets, vulnerable to physical and sexual abuse by gangs. Many end up in prison as undocumented immigrants.
Last week, 12 girls and women, ages 14 to 27 years-old, and a one month old baby were admitted to Hagar’s Recovery Shelter in Cambodia. They are returning from Malaysia after reports and evidence of abuse from their employers.
Beaten, raped, imprisoned… their stories are painful, violent, and filled with tears.
They don’t speak and cry most of the time. On their first days at Hagar they had a hard time eating rice because for two years they were forced to eat instant noodles at every meal."I am also human, so why did they give me spoiled food" stated one of the girls.
Another girl escaped and was thrown in prison because she did not have proper identification - her passport was confiscated by her employer. She gave birth in prison. The result of a street gang rape.
These girls need to feel safe, loved and whole again.
Their need for loving care is urgent. Mirror our commitment to do whatever it takes to restore a broken life with a gift today. Your support will help these girls and others like them. The long road to recovery is just beginning for them.
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Executive Director, Hagar USA