Nhu grew up in a shanty town in Cambodia. Like other little girls and boys, she attended a Vietnamese school, and was supported by her grandmother. A school teacher told her about God, and she accepted Jesus as her savior.

But Nhu was only fourteen when her life took a horrific turn for the worse.  Nhu’s grandmother sold her to a local man for three nights. Later, she was sold again to the same man.

Remember Nhu’s founder Carl Ralston first heard young Nhu’s striking story in 2003, at a conference put on by the Christian and Missionary Alliance in Cambodia. He was struck by Nhu’s story, and felt led to find her and make a difference in the horrible world of child sex trafficking.

Carl says, “When I heard Nhu’s story of being sold into the sex trade, God impressed upon my heart, ‘Remember Nhu!’ I immediately broke down, overwhelmed by the thought of this young girl being raped up to 15 times per day. That day Jesus wrecked my life in a great way!”

After taking six trips to Cambodia looking for Nhu, Carl finally met her in 2006, and he and his wife adopted her. Nhu helped to open the first Remember Nhu home for children who are at risk of being sold into the sex trade. Now there are 37 of these “Homes of Refuge” all over the world.

The children in these homes are identified as kids who are at risk of entering sex trafficking and are sponsored year-round. In these homes, children are protected and learn vocational skills. Remember Nhu seeks to stop sex trafficking before it starts.


Nhu and a young friend share a hug

As Carl Ralston states on the Remember Nhu website: “We believe the innocence of childhood is an inalienable right. Once lost, it can never be restored. Our children come to us before they are exposed to the horrors of the sex trade and mature into the happy, healthy young adults they were intended to be.”

To learn more about Remember Nhu you can visit their website here.

Adrienne is a junior at George Fox University. She grew up writing stories and training in classical ballet, and now she studies English and hopes to use art and the written word to create positive change in her world.