The eldest of her nine siblings, she was responsible for supporting the family. “I never got enough sleep. I would go fishing with my father early in the morning and I would always get to sleep late. We lived day by day.”
Recently Leakena first opened the doors to her salon and in doing so, she entered into the next chapter of her story. Just two years earlier, Leakena probably wouldn’t have imagined herself to be where she is today.
I remember when I first saw her; her frightened face pale and strained against the harsh, bright lights of the bar. I remember reaching out to her with a message of hope and rescue, a possibility she had not dared imagine…
Our team in Cambodia were able to intervene when we heard that a village girl called Toun was being pressured to marry her abuser, and was suffering from depression. Read what happened next.