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.
“When I turned 13 I’d had enough of the abuse [at] home and ran away.”
The girl – whose name was changed to Kayla to protect her identity – found herself scared, alone, and vulnerable. After a man took advantage of this vulnerability, Kayla found herself caught in the vicious cycle of sex trafficking.
Now a survivor of the industry, Kayla recalled the horrors of her experience for a study published by the Annals of Health Law on the health consequences of sex trafficking. Conducted by the Beazley Institute for Health Law and Policy, the report documented Kayla’s story alongside numerous others.
“I had forced unprotected sex and got pregnant three times and had two abortions,” Kayla said. “Afterwards, I was back out on the street again.”
The study revealed the terrifying fact that many victims of sex trafficking are forced into abortions at various clinics, including those operated by Planned Parenthood. According to several interviewed survivors, they were pressured into having abortions at these clinics.
The report notes that survivors had “significant contact with clinical treatment facilities, most notable Planned Parenthood.”
At these clinics, the health care providers never questioned the girls’ motives or possible influences. An intriguing fact, considering many of the interviewed survivors reported frequent, scarring physical abuse.
One survivor reported having multiple abortions performed by a doctor at a clinic, who also happened to be a client.
“At least one of my abortions was from Planned Parenthood because they didn’t ask any questions,” she said.
Mark Crutcher, president of the national pro-life group Life Dynamics, described tape recordings of the National Abortion Federation conventions in which officials discussed cases of women being forced into abortions.
“The prevailing attitude expressed in these sessions may best be described as one of ‘convenient indifference,’” Crutcher said in an interview with LifeNews. “Attendees will acknowledge the problem’s existence and talk about it in disapproving tones, while making it clear that they feel no obligation to let it influence the way they deal with these women.”
“Their philosophical position seems to be that, even if a woman chooses to have an abortion she doesn’t want because of threats from others, it remains within the ‘pro-choice’ purview since she was still the one who ultimately made the decision,” he said.
The findings of this study only add to the weight of recent allegations concerning Planned Parenthood’s failure to report cases of rape and repeated sexual abuse of minors.
The Health Consequences of Sex Trafficking report acknowledged that health care providers have a unique position to reach victims of trafficking and sexual abuse. The study concluded with a challenging admonition for health care providers in hospital and clinical settings:
Because they are “first responders” health care providers have unique opportunities to intervene on behalf of trafficking victims. Health care institutions must develop protocols for training, identifying, and treating sex trafficking victims. Medical personnel must increase efforts to understand the nature and scope of the problem of sex trafficking in the United States in order to improve their capacity to identify victims. This is especially true when they have the ability to speak privately with victims in a context where their statements may be admissible in a later prosecution of their traffickers. To this end, medical staff, particularly in hospital emergency rooms and local clinics should be alert for the most common physical and psychological conditions and symptoms these victims experience, especially in the context of reproductive health. By doing so, the medical community can play a vital role in the ongoing fight to eliminate modern-day slavery.