This is a picture of a poem written on the wall of what Brian McConaghy from the Ratanak Foundation calls a ‘rape cubicle.’ Translated into English, this is what it says:
There is a happy time, and then it ends
There is love, but for a short time and only in front of my face
Men boast we are pretty, but they are not honest with us
We boast we are pretty while we wear make up
No one knows it, but we are like petals falling from a flower
The only beauty we have is spiritual
Life is just life, it has no meaning
This breaks my heart. Picturing a young girl in Cambodia writing this on the wall in between customers makes me so sad. How old was she? Who was she sold by? Where is she now?
These girls, even when rescued, have a long road to recovery ahead of them. If you are passionate about the fight against human trafficking and are professionally interested in counselling and psychology, helping girls like the one who wrote this poem would be a valuable way to contribute.
Check out what the Ratanak Foundation is doing to help exploited children in Cambodia here.