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Impossible

We thought that Lan was dead. Her last call to the Blue Dragon Rescue Team late one night in March 2020 delivered a chilling message. Please say sorry to my family. Tell them I love them, but death would be better than one more day of this. Lan was 26. She had been...

The Pinky Friend

The Pinky Friend

Mai is seven years old, and has always lived in fear. Her mother loves Mai and her younger brother and sister very much, but their home is dominated by their grandmother, whose violence has ruled their lives since birth. Their mother is powerless to protect the three...

COPING MECHANISMS

COPING MECHANISMS

“What kind of painting do you do?” That is equally the most daunting and exciting question I am frequently asked as an artist. How can I quickly and impactfully explain that my large paintings depicting nudity, death, pain, self-harm and sorrow are not some kind of...

Behind the story

Behind the story

The first time I saw him, Tan was standing alone on a street staring into nothing. He was down the road from the Blue Dragon centre (Not For Sale Vietnam partners), and everything about him signaled a child in distress. His face showed no expression; his shoulders...

Leap to freedom

Leap to freedom

Hoa was not yet 17 when she was trafficked. How it happened is a very familiar story. She was facing hard times. Someone she knew offered to help. She left home thinking she was on her way to start a new job, only to find it was a trick. What happened next is even...

The Decision

The Decision

Tung’s early years had wonderful moments of joy. He has some very happy memories of his mother. They travelled together on holidays, and when she was sick he stayed with her at their home, nursing her through the long nights of her fever. When she died, Tung’s world...

Almost Impossible

Almost Impossible

Phuong disappeared 3 years ago. She was offered a chance to work in a restaurant in another town, and followed someone she thought was a friend. At the time, Phuong felt lucky. As a child, a terrible motorbike accident severed one of her legs, leaving her with a...

A Little Boy Found

A Little Boy Found

It was about a year ago that Dak first came to Not For Sale Vietnam partners Blue Dragon. His journey to Hanoi, where he met a social worker on the streets, is one of those incredible stories that could well be made into a film one day. He had run away from home in...

An Everyday Hero

An Everyday Hero

In coming weeks, Not For Sale Vietnam partners Blue Dragon will reach the milestone of 1,000 people rescued from slavery. Many people wonder exactly how we conduct these rescues. While we have to be careful about revealing operational information that might put our...

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