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“To succumb to the enormity of the problem is to fail the one.


Chealy*

 

AGE

16 yrs

WELCOMED TO SHE

in 2019

GRADE

Sixth

THINGS SHE LIKES TO DO

Singing

FAVORITE FOOD

Anything & everything Khmer!

AMBITION

Beauty technician

 
 

ABOUT ME

I am 20 years old and am in grade 6. My favourite foods are anything and everything Khmer! I love to sing for fun and when I grow up, I want to work in a beauty salon. My birth certificate says I am 20 but I only look about 15 or 16 years old, so the authorities think that my age was changed so I could start working when I was younger legally. After a friend told me there was a job in the city, I moved with them to work at a coffee shop which was a front for providing sexual services. I began having sex with customers and become pregnant. When I found out, the café owners gave me a loan to have an abortion. 

MY FAMILY

My mother is quite old and sick and can’t work. A long time ago, she and my father where in an accident. He died and mother has had back pain ever since. I have two older sisters who both have children and are living in another country. My mother is in debt, so I have been working to help her. 

MY FUTURE

Hopefully in the future, when it becomes safe, I will be reintegrated with my family. While I am at the SHE Rescue Home, I will be provided counselling and support during my court case. When I grow up, I want to work in a beauty salon. 


*names changed for privacy

Kanha*