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2015 (Narrative date)

There are an estimated 610,000 people living in conditions of modern slavery in Thailand (GSI 2018). The country's commercial sex industry remains vast, increasing vulnerabilities for sex trafficking. Children are victims of sex trafficking in brothels, massage parlours, bars, karaoke lounges, hotels and private residences.  

Q was told she would be going a job to help her family. However, she soon learned that her mother had sold her virginity. She was kept in a man’s apartment for 2 days and subjected to sexual abuse. After 2 days she returned home only to find that her mother had sold her again.  

My mom asked me to work to support the family and she said if I did this, I would be helping the family. I did not know what the job was and whether it was good for me. I had no idea what to expect. But now I know the job was not good for me. 

One thousand five hundred dollars. First they took me to the hospital for a blood test. The next day they examined me again and then they made me have sex with the man. When I went to sleep with the man, he asked me to suck it but I did not agree. And he said if I did not agree to suck it he would not sleep with me. So I left the room but he called me back and had sex with me.  

I felt very heartbroken.  


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