DAY 6 – Monday we visited a women’s shelter on our way to Pursat. Opened in 1999 by Transform Asia (http://www.transformasia.us), the shelter rescues women from the sex trade, prostitution and abuse. Most girls arrive between the ages of 13-17.
In addition to protection, free room and board, the women receive an education and are taught new trades like cosmetology, sewing, gardening, housekeeping, etc.
“Women learn to trust again. They’ve been manipulated and used all their life,” said Transform Asia founder Setan Lee.
The women’s center employs a full-time guard to protect the rescued girls from criminals who want to recapture them. When thugs come by, the guard first tries to scare them away by firing shots in the air. If that doesn’t work, he’s instructed to shoot at their feet. So far one thug learned the hard way and caught a bullet in his Achilles.
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