M’s dilemma XIV: A new identity

For the first time since her abduction almost four years earlier, my trafficked Hmong friend M had the freedom to return home to her family in Vietnam. After finally reaching the border, however, M turned back at the urgings of her Chinese “husband”. She...

M’s dilemma XIII: Broken wings

My trafficked Hmong friend M never made it home to her family in Vietnam. After having risked a bus journey of some 3,000 kilometres (1,800 miles) across China without identification, M had almost reached the Vietnamese border. M first hesitated on hearing rumours of...

M’s dilemma XII: On the border

Almost four years after being abducted from her home in Vietnam and sold as a bride in China, my trafficked friend M was nearly home. M’s Chinese “husband” had, unexpectedly, given his permission for M to visit her family in Vietnam.As an illegal...
M’s dilemma XI: Clever girl

M’s dilemma XI: Clever girl

M’s story had been a horrific one – yet how was she to prove it?When she’d been abducted as a teenager from her home in Vietnam and trafficked into China, my young Hmong friend had been stripped of her clothes, her Vietnamese phone, and her...
M’s dilemma X: Hunting the hunter

M’s dilemma X: Hunting the hunter

There are many similarities in the stories of my trafficked Hmong friends M and P. Both were abducted at the age of sixteen from their home in northern Vietnam. Both were deceived, drugged and spirited across the border by young Vietnamese Hmong men. Both were held...

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