From Captivity to Freedom: A Human Trafficking Survivor Story
Can you imagine working for months on end without receiving a paycheck? Falling deeper into debts you thought this job would free you from? This is the daily plight of people all around the world who are trapped in trafficking and exploited for their labor. How does one escape? What does it look like on the other side of an experience that breaks trust and hope so devastatingly? Sokha* is a 24 yr old woman from Battambang province (northeast Province of Cambodia). She doesn’t have to imagine it because she suffered and survived it, herself. Here is her story.
Sokha was working as a day laborer in the village when she met a ‘broker’ who told her that if she went to Thailand, she would make more money to support her family. She jumped at the opportunity, thinking of the many people she had heard about who had gone to Thailand and returned with large earnings.
Sokha is not alone in her experience and many other women, men, and children experience trafficking in Cambodia as well as many other countries around the world. It is because of people like her that WHI is working with NGO’s, government members, and community leaders located in areas close to the problem. WHI conducts training with the purpose of building the community’s knowledge of the problem, and skills that allow them to find proactive solutions. Sokha’s story is one of freedom and hope and demonstrates the power of communities working together to break the chains of human trafficking.