“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
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
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...
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...
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
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
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...
When Anh was rescued from slavery in June, she returned to Vietnam hoping to start life over. Trafficked at age 13, she was held captive in a forced marriage in Inner Mongolia for 5 years. Her rescue was complex and dangerous, and Not For Sale Vietnam partners Blue...
Mrs Do and her husband An were working in the fields the day May disappeared. When they came home for dinner, their daughter was gone. At first they thought she might be playing with some friends.