Cambodian sex slave story
There, she found an open window and fled, she says, hiding in the shadows until a policeman found her. When she told her story, the police connected her with anti-trafficking officials.They in turn referred her to a center run by former sex slave Somaly Mam, according to a spokeswoman for Mam’s foundation, a grassroots group with shelters across Cambodia.She draws strength, she says, from her fellow survivors. On her trip to New York with two other young survivors, Sina Vann and Sopheap Thy, she holds their hands and hugs them frequently as they attend events and tour the city.In jeans, sneakers, and T-shirts, their dark hair pulled back into ponytails, the young women are quick to laugh at themselves and at one another.That was around four years ago, when Loch was in her midteens.At the center, she learned to sew and began attending school.The year Loch joined the group of young activists, she received an invitation to tell her story on a commercial radio station in Phnom Penh.
She remembers the parade of men, one after the other, day by day, forcing her to have sex. If she refused sex, she says, she would be beaten, shocked with an electric cord, denied food and water. She helps grab them out of brothels, and she hosts a radio show in Phnom Penh, giving the girls a forum for their stories.
Vann jokes that Loch has great strength because “she eats a lot.” Loch makes fun of Thy for taking photos of flowers instead of Manhattan skyscrapers.
They look for restaurants that serve familiar dishes—rice and fish—and they marvel at the enormous platters of food that arrive.
Once inside they tell the sex workers that they can escape, with the help of the foundation and the police. Many have been enslaved in the sex trade for so long, they don’t know how to function in the outside world; they wonder how they would support themselves.
The activists tell them they can learn a trade, such as sewing or hairdressing, at the shelters.Loch saw an opportunity to help the public understand the shadowy world of slavery.