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When people “hear the voice of the survivor,” she says on a recent visit to New York City, “we can help others.” She traveled to the U. with the group that helped save her, the Somaly Mam Foundation, named for another survivor of the sex trade in Cambodia.

Loch’s story may sound extreme, but it is not some isolated incident. The buying and selling of humans is a multibillion-dollar global business, ensnaring vulnerable people who are often kidnapped or tricked into the trade.

An estimated 27 million people are victims of slavery around the world, according to the U. Loch’s nightmare began when she was a child in Phnom Penh. “In Cambodia, many fathers rape their daughters; brothers rape their sisters.” Consistently ranked as one of the poorest and most corrupt nations in the world, Cambodia is still reeling from the brutal Khmer Rouge regime, which massacred as many as 2 million people in the 1970s. “I wanted to die.” That might have indeed been her fate if a woman hadn’t come along, offering to help.

Her stepfather raped her, she says, when she was just a girl; she thinks she was around 7 years old. She would be raped again that year, by a stranger who snatched her from the street. Intellectuals and city dwellers were targeted and tortured in an attempt to create a completely agrarian society. One day Loch worked up the nerve to tell her mother about the rapes. The woman took Loch to her home—or so Loch thought. She was locked in a basement room and forced to “sleep with many, many men every day,” she says.

He made the same threat, she says: tell anyone and die. She’s not sure how much time had passed since the assaults, she says, as she was just a child and memories fade. I think: she does not love me.” Loch ran away from home, having lost faith in her family, she says. “I couldn’t see light, just dark.” Her eyes fill with water at the thought of it. ” Loch’s story mirrors that of many rescued Cambodian girls, who report being drugged, locked in coffins, whipped, even covered with biting insects in order to make them submit to sex.

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