At the age of 7, Sreypov Chan was sold, by her mother, to a female sex broker.
“My mother, five siblings and I were incredibly poor, as my father had died when I was young. So when the woman came to our village…I was told by my mum to pack my bags.”
Sreypov was taken to the city of Phnom Penh where she was forced into prostitution, sold to men up to 20 times a day. Over the course of two years, Sreypov worked in the city’s brothels, enduring rape, torture, and abuse before finally making her escape at the age of 10.
Today, Sreypov shares her story of survival, hoping to help others heal. She works one-on-one with sex-trafficking survivors and even speaks at public forums across the world.
"I can never forget my past or the cruelty of those men. I'll never understand it, but I use it as power to push for change. I feel better knowing that I'm helping other girls."
In March of 2013, Sreypov made the decision to move from a group home with other sex-trafficking survivors, to independent housing. Now, she is learning to be responsible for herself. She believes that living independently has given her self-confidence and “a better understanding of what it means to be an active and responsible member of society and a good person.”