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More than just a game

More than just a game

The headline figures are pretty exciting. Over 1,000 people rescued from slavery. That means: children who were in sweatshops; women and girls who were forced into prostitution or sold into marriages; young men sold onto fishing boats or into gold mines. Almost 6,000...

Real freedom

Real freedom

The rescue operation went exactly to plan. We located Sẻng in China, about 500km from the border from Vietnam. A team was able to get her back to an official checkpoint within 24 hours. Shortly after, she was safely back in Vietnam. Sẻng’s terrifying 4 months in...

Child v. Child

Child v. Child

The call for help reached Not For Sale Vietnam's partner Blue Dragon early last year. It was gut-wrenching. In the remote hills of Bac Kan province in northern Vietnam, a sexual assault had been reported to the police. The victim, Xi, was a 7 year-old girl and the...

From Street Kid to CEO

From Street Kid to CEO

I met Vi on the streets of the city in a chance encounter one Sunday afternoon. He was walking along an alley, shoe-shine kit in hand, as I walked in the other direction. I could see the anticipation in his eyes as he plucked up the courage to practice on me the only...

Love Finds A Way

Love Finds A Way

Mảy didn’t fit the typical profile of a victim of human trafficking. Happily married and with an infant son, Mảy was excited about the future. She and her husband, Sinh, lived in a small town high up in the spectacular mountains of northern Vietnam. Many families...

Dirty Word

Dirty Word

Phuong had to pretend that she was sleeping. Every second was more terrifying than the last. She had a chance to call for help, but everything depended on the family being asleep. She had to act in complete secrecy. The risk of being caught was high. The consequences...

Impossible

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...

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