Our physical scars often tell stories. For Dan, a survivor of human trafficking, each mark on her body represents a time she fought for freedom. Then there are mental scars which though felt, cannot be seen. For Dan these included an inability to focus or remember things clearly because her mind was in self-preservation mode…

Losing her father at a young age, Dan was determined to help her mother take care of their family. So when a neighbor offered her a promising job opportunity she gladly accepted it, hoping to ease her mother’s burden. However, it was a trap that led 15-year-old Dan to a dark place of pain and torment.

Forced to work as a masseuse and prostitute for 17 years in China, Dan was beaten when she refused. One time an abuser even broke her kneecap with a hammer to deter her from running away. But Dan didn’t give up- if anything she was more determined than ever to find her way back home.

After attempting to escape more than five times, and being cheated by multiple people along the way, she finally succeeded. Despite her injuries and limp she crossed forests and streams until she reached the border of Vietnam. At the verge of being cheated yet again the police intervened and reunited her with her family.

Thanks to a referral from the local Women Union, Hagar Vietnam has helped Dan and her mother gain the skills they need to financially care for their family. Through our programme- The Whole Journey, and in collaboration with the International Office of Migration, Dan and her family were able to become financially stable through participation in animal husbandry activities. With Hagar’s support, Dan also received medical care for her injuries, to manage her emotions and retrieve lost memories.

Dan’s story reminds us that our rough beginnings do not define us or determine where we end up. It also inspires us to persevere despite our circumstances and what seems possible.

Hagar pursues the highest degree of care and protection for each of its clients. To protect the identity of our clients, names have been changed and images do not necessarily represent the individual profiled.

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By partnering with Hagar, you’re supporting survivors to heal from the trauma of severe abuse. Our work is dependent on charitable giving by people like you.

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By partnering with Hagar, you’re supporting survivors to heal from the trauma of severe abuse. Our work is dependent on charitable giving by people like you.

Help us transform lives

Donate now

By partnering with Hagar, you’re supporting survivors to heal from the trauma of severe abuse. Our work is dependent on charitable giving by people like you.