M’s dilemma II: Nowhere to turn

M’s dilemma II: Nowhere to turn

For the first time in almost three years, my friend M – trafficked from Vietnam and sold as a wife in China – had been given the power to determine her own fate. The decision that confronted her, however, was a decision no mother should ever have to make...
M’s dilemma

M’s dilemma

Is human trafficking necessarily an evil? Is there any situation in which trafficking could help, rather than harm, its victims? What if, for example, the only way to give my trafficked friend M her freedom was to help bring home her Chinese-born child – which...

When roosters lay eggs

The Hmong people here in northern Vietnam have been raised in mountain villages of extreme gender bias, alcoholism and abuse. For many of the young Hmong women who have come to town, almost anything is preferable to marrying a local Hmong man and returning to life in...
Beyond all limits

Beyond all limits

Over the past year, there have been countless antagonists in our story – human traffickers, paedophiles, and those who would rent or buy women. Now, however, P and I have a more immediate menace. He has a weapon, a gang, and a lust for violence. He knows our...

A can of worms

It is a strange moment in history for the Hmong people of our little valley, and this is quite likely The Human, Earth Project’s most bizarre episode ever. One of the reasons that the women here are so vulnerable to human trafficking is that their options here...

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