Survivors Stories


Leakana's* Story

Leakana became a victim of human trafficking when she was 17 years old. She was persuaded by an older woman to work in Korea and was told she would be picking fruit for a promised salary of $3000 a month. However instead of going to Korea as promised, she discovered she was being transported to China and was sold to be the bride of a Chinese man. Her passport was taken from her and her new husband threatened her life if she tried to escape.

During her time there she was forced to work on the farm and plantation for the family for over 12 hours each day, and when she arrived home, she had to complete housework as well. At night after a long day of work her husband forced her to have sex with him, and anytime she tried to deny him she was starved or received physical abuse.

After 4 months of slavery, Leakana managed to escape and was then able to contact her family. Her father sought help from ADHOC who brought Leakana back to her home and reunited her with her family. ADHOC later referred the case to Cambodia ACTs and Cambodia ACTs provided Leakana with legal assistance and helped her receive the justice she deserved.


* Leakana's real name has been changed to protect her identity.

Chanthy's* Story

Chanthy was 17 years old when she was deceived by her own cousin. Her cousin convinced her to come work at her house as a housekeeper in Banteay Meanchey Province. However, when she arrived, instead of working as a housekeeper, she was forced to work as a prostitute and had to serve between 10-15 customers a day. When she tried to refuse she was beaten and physically abused.

She was rescued by the police who brought her to shelter at AFESIP center. AFESIP referred her case to Cambodia ACTs for legal assistance. As a result of our assistance, the perpetrator was sentenced to 6 years in prison and paid Chanthy a compensation of 5 million riels ($1250).


*Chanthy's name has been changed to protect her identity.