Srey Pov Chan






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.”

Director's Note

I interviewed Srey Pov in Siem Riep, Cambodia, about midway through the production of Not My Life. Our visit to Siem Riep was unforgettable in many ways— so many amazing girls moving on with their lives with such dignity and purpose. Sreypov is the only individual in Not My Life to speak, in detail, about the horrors of sexual slavery, including physical and psychological torture. She does so matter-of-factly, with little show of emotion, and at first you might think this is a “mechanism” she uses to get through the telling of her story as part of her courageous effort to let the world know how vicious and harmful sexual trafficking really is. But during our interview the cameras were close-up on Sreypov’s face, and in her eyes you could see, quite simply, that this amazing young woman had simply “moved on.” The combination of serenity and determination in her demeanor said to me that Sreypov was telling anyone who would listen— but especially survivors like herself— that she was stronger than the evil people who had taken part of her life away.
— Robert Bilheimer