Tag Archives: intervention for trafficked women

A Prostitute’s Humanity on The Bargaining Table

“She’s not a human being! She sells her body!” The fruit vendor on the street spoke with disgust and her words left me shocked. I felt anger rise up in me. She was justifying her attack of a young Uzbek woman earlier that evening.   We were winding up our outreach where young Eastern European […]

Hope for Natasha

I thought she was a child. Beng and I were walking to the hospital to visit a friend, when I saw a blond, white girl sitting under a sign. As I got closer, I realized she was a grown woman and probably Russian. I guessed she was a streetwalker, but her hair was disheveled and […]

Medical Clinic in Red Light Area

“I know it’s because of all the sex.” The young African woman was referring to the pain in her abdomen. This young woman was one of the last ones to be seen by the doctors that night.  We had a medical team visiting from Ireland and together with a local doctor we had set up […]

When Death Pays a Visit

When death pays a visit, fear is tangible. Tonight I saw photos of the African woman’s body after she was murdered last week. Two women came to meet us for an interview and to ask for assistance. We had scheduled to meet with one but she brought her friend as well. The friend was mostly […]

From Slavery to War Zone – Seeking Refuge

I first met Dao in the middle of the Red Shirts protest in Bangkok. Her neighborhood was literally being bombarded with gunfire and grenades. Electricity had been cut off; people were barricaded into their neighborhood while the violence was escalating daily. Dao’s aunt works at NightLight and she asked if she and her family could […]

Bittersweet

“N” has cancer. N is an African woman who was offered a job working in Asia. She left her daughter and mother to travel abroad in search of better work and more money to support her family. When N got to Asia she found out there was no such job and she was forced into […]