M’s dilemma IV: Burden in my hand

At the last possible moment, I’d cancelled the rescue of my trafficked Hmong friend M from the “husband” who had bought her in China. I’d given M hope, and it had proved to be a very dangerous thing. M’s “husband” had been...

M’s dilemma III: Mountains beyond mountains

Late last year, I spoke with a friend about climbing mountains and running marathons. A parallel was drawn with The Human, Earth Project – in a sense, the Project has been a way of testing myself, and discovering where my limits lie. How far was I willing to go...
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...

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