10 Things I Learned about Human Trafficking

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1) Almost all the women and children victims we’ve encountered come from very broken families. Their family unit is not intact and often times extremely dysfunctional. For example, there are parents who have abused or sold their children and there are families suffering from debilitating poverty, various addictions and mental...

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No Amount of Money Can Buy the Precious Gift of Life

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Poignant reflection from Camy Low, a Singapore volunteer who made a recent visit to Hagar projects in Cambodia. Camy serves on the Volunteer Committee of Hagar Singapore.   Travelling through the dirt-paved streets of Cambodia, it is hard to imagine that a fellow human being could undergo such tremendous suffering, pain and...

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Singapore Students Celebrate Compassion

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In the month of April, schools in Singapore celebrated International Friendship day to commemorate and nurture in the students, the spirit of friendship and collaboration, and to enhance their  understanding and relationship with their neighbouring countries and beyond.   However, one particular school went a step further by leveraging on this...

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A Breakthrough for trafficking in persons – Shaima’s Story

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Less than two years ago, 21 year-old Shaima was a teacher in one of Afghanistan’s largest cities. Over the next 18 months, she experienced the worst deception. The man who promised her the world raped her and gave her to his friends to rape as well. It was her cruel initiation...

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Safe and Dignified Work

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For three years, Yin Phalik has trained and managed Hagar Cambodia clients at La Residence, a high end French restaurant in Cambodia’s capital city, Phnom Penh. He has high expectations for his staff and wants them to succeed. Phalik’s connection to Hagar clients goes back to the days where...

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From Slavery to Freedom

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In Afghanistan, we use badal to settle family feuds. I don’t know what our families were fighting about, but I don’t think me being forced to marry at age 12 settled anything. My husband was 10 years older and despised me from the day I moved in with his family....

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Protecting Women At Work

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It was a normal day at Joma Bakery Café when I received a call from Hagar’s Career Counselor. “It’s happening on Wednesday,” she said. One of my employees had been fearing this day ever since rumours started circulating that her husband would be released from prison.  She had received numerous threats...

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What is in a Name?

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Women in Afghanistan are sometimes beaten by their husbands because a man (who is not related) spoke their name. One woman was educated enough to have had her university classmate speak her name, so her husband beat her and locked her up for three weeks.  Names and women are...

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Trafficking Is Not The Only Issue

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In the nearly five years I’ve lived and worked in this country, I’ve been confronted by a host of abuses against other human beings. There are the more obvious ones like girls and boys who are sexually exploited by foreign pedophiles, and women forced into work labor in Malaysia....

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Redefining Success

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I had planned to come for two years, but today, eight years later, I’m still here. And just last week we celebrated the 200th girl to receive care, love and new hope at Hagar’s Girls Recovery Shelter. Over the years, I’ve heard many girls’ stories. And I often wondered how in...

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