When Duangmany was 15, she took a risk many girls her age are willing to take. She left home and traveled 12 hours to a small town outside Bangkok in search of work. Far from home, Duangmany ended up working in a small restaurant, preparing food and serving beers to male customers.
“The work was very tiring. I had to get up early to prepare the meat,” she recalled of her experience. “I woke up early in the morning and worked late in the evening to clean and close the shop. I worked long hours and felt physically exhausted. When I requested a chance to rest, it wasn’t allowed. What I was earning was not enough for the work I did.”
But eventually, her body gave out and she wasn’t able to go on. She returned home with $6 in her pocket.
When asked about the abuse she suffered in Thailand, Duangmany grew quiet. She refused to talk about the experience of serving beers to men, and when asked if she would ever consider going back to Thailand, she shook her head and said, “No.”
After joining the World Concern vocational skills class and learning to sew, she has hope for the first time to earn enough income and to help support her family—in a safe way. And when other young girls talk about going to Thailand for work, she can tell them about the reality of what’s waiting for them across the border.
We need your help! Will you stand with us to protect the lives of children whose circumstances make them vulnerable to trafficking, exploitation and abuse, offering safe alternatives and hope for a better future?
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- $96 rescues two children.
- $240 rescues five children
- $480 rescues 10 children
- $960 rescues 20 children
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