I visit Cambodia twice a year and I want to give you a glimpse into the reason why.
When my team and I were in the village of Svay Pak, working with our partner ministry, we were told about a young girl, who at the age of 15, was sold for her virginity; by her mother. When she was returned home, her mother then proceeded to take her to a pimp who kept her in captivity.
She was held there for 22 days.
On day 23 a raid came to her rescue and brought her to safety. They also found documents and records that were kept by those who held her captive.
In those 22 days, she had 198 "customers."
198 divided by 22 is 9.
Nine times a day she was raped.
This woman isn't a statistic or a story. She's a woman; a young teenager whose life is forever changed and altered by a reality many of us cannot comprehend.
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