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Sold to a Brothel by Her Family
“I grew up in a poor village in the countryside with my parents and my older brother. When I was in high school, I had to drop out of school to help my family earn money, so I never earned a degree. Instead, I was trafficked into a brothel by a relative. I was only a teenager at the time. While working in the brothel, I was incredibly depressed, alone, and without any hope. I wasn’t sure if I would survive working there.
Rescued by Artisan Outreach Volunteers
One day, community outreach teams met me in the brothels and offered me a way out. I rode an overnight train from my hometown to the Artisan shelter. I loved being able to live with friends, watch TV, and go on spontaneous adventures in our neighborhood!
Becoming an Artisan
I started working in jewelry production and worked my way up quickly. Eventually, I started managing the Finished Product Room and selling jewelry at events and bazaars. I’ve loved learning new skills!
Pursuing Her Dreams
Having the opportunity to study has been very significant for me. I remember being nervous when I first began, but everyone here believed in me and encouraged me.
It was so meaningful that the staff recognized my potential.
I studied really hard, passed my accounting certification test, and now I’m working as the accounting assistant for our Artisan community.
“Finishing a class and obtaining a new certification is a very happy time for me. I’m also studying for my bachelor’s degree and pursuing my dream of becoming an accountant. I’m so grateful for these new opportunities!”
– Fay, Artisan in East Asia
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