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  1. Shikha (whywasteannualleave)
    September 2, 2014
    Stacey, what a moving post - I felt so emotional reading it and so saddened to hear the plight that so many women go through in Cambodia. It's only through these incredibly powerful posts like this one you've written that more people will become aware and be able to do more and contribute what they can.

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  2. fcortezhector
    August 23, 2014
    It's so sad to read that things like this still happens in plan 2014. However it's amazing to find out that there are also amazing people who are trying to make it stop. I'll gladly make a contribution and would love to get to know more about the organization if I'm ever around Cambodia. Good work guys! Thank you!

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  3. Elaine
    August 21, 2014
    Such a heartbreaking post. Cambodia is an incredible place with incredible people and it's hard to align that to all the hardships that have/are happening. Thanks for sharing.

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  4. Marie-Carmen
    August 21, 2014
    Thank you for sharing this, it's hard to read but needs to be known ! Those awful situations are too often forgotten and Cambodia has got a terrible history on those type of problems. The prostitution there is terrible, and those fake orphanage too are just terrible. It's good to see that you can actually do something! Thanks for the link too! I will make sure to have a look at it!

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  5. alliblair
    August 20, 2014
    What an incredibly heartbreaking tale. Despite all the hardships the people of Cambodia have faced and continue to face daily, they are still so strong and determined. I witnessed that firsthand during my trip there this February. Thank you for sharing this story with us and I'm glad there is a community in place to go towards helping such families.

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  6. Ashley @ A Southern Gypsy
    July 25, 2014
    Wow, that's a powerful story. I hate hearing things like this, but think it's necessary. So many of us grow up not hearing these things and then are shocked to realize it happens all the time. Thank you for sharing this touching story! :)

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    • BasketsLife
      July 26, 2014
      Thank you for reading - yes it was even tough to write and heartbreaking to learn about - but I agree these stories need to be told!

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  7. Adelina // Pack Me To
    July 24, 2014
    What a powerful article. I cannot imaging being put in a place where you have to sacrifice one for well-being of the others. $150 doesn't seem like a lot of money either. I visited Cambodia when I was a teen, not much older that these girls on the street, to work with building a school. Cambodia has and always will have a special place in my heart. You've inspired me to look into this organization. Thanks so much for sharing!

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    • BasketsLife
      July 26, 2014
      Thank you so much for reading - I really hope you will check them out they are currently buildng the first only free school for students in Cambodia - I have a donate button or you can donate directly through their site or can also travel and volunteer to help build the school, teach many many things they need help with! thank you again!

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  8. Sergio
    July 24, 2014
    As a father of a baby of 20 months....absolutely disgusting.

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    • BasketsLife
      July 26, 2014
      This is why we need to tell the stories and show that the women are trying to change and the government wont help so outsiders need to help - it is about education - thank you for reading.

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  9. Christa Thompson
    July 23, 2014
    We need more people like Sot Kemsour. My Sister went on a missions trip to the Philippines and unfortunately such is the same there as well. Fortunately the camp over there where she stayed has also set up a school and is proactively combating and deterring sex trafficking. Thank you for this post, the world needs much more awareness and many more to rise up and do something to contribute in making a change.

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    • BasketsLife
      July 26, 2014
      Thank you for reading Christa! I agree we need many more people like Kemsour. This is the same type of project as your sister went on - helping to build free schools to deter sex trafficking and to educate the women of Cambodia! Great program I hope more people will take notice and try to hel this organization change the lives of the women in Cambodia.

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  10. Motimala
    July 23, 2014
    Hello there! Such a touching article. It is so surprising that in this modern age women are still considered as nothing. Chet Mon is an inspiration to all. Thanks for sharing your experience.

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    • BasketsLife
      July 26, 2014
      Thank you for reading - it was a quite a surprise for us to hear about this as well - That is why I felt the need to write about it! Chet Mon is an inspiration and I hope this program will find and help many more woemen in Cambodia.

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  11. Mary {The World Is A Book}
    July 22, 2014
    This was so heartbreaking to read, Stacey. Thank you for sharing Chet Mon's story with us and for spreading the word. What a brave lady to survive through such an ordeal and yet have the courage to live on. It's so great to know that organizations exist to help her and the plight of the Cambodians. I'll be sure to donate.

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    • BasketsLife
      July 26, 2014
      I am so glad you stopped by and thank you for reading and for donating - such an amazing place and I agree Chet Mon is so brave - I am not sure I would have the ability to do what she has done!

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  12. Maria fra Nerd Nomads
    July 21, 2014
    We have been to Cambodia three times, and did not know about this until I read your post. It is heartbreaking! I don`t think most most tourists that visit Cambodia know about this, so it is very important to get the word out so more people can support organizations like New Hope and more women can get help and support. Thanks for sharing this!

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    • BasketsLife
      July 26, 2014
      Thank you for reading - yes I agree, most tourist do not know this side of Cambodia, it is not publicized. Sadly many are just annoyed with the kids in the streets and do not realize that without selling post cards, they wont eat and the girls can and will easily be sold if they dont bring in money for the family. Thank you for your support I hope next time you go you will stop by New Hope and have lunch in their resturant!

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  13. elaine schoch
    July 21, 2014
    Wow. Such an amazing and powerful story...thanks for sharing it. Will make a donation today.

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    • BasketsLife
      July 26, 2014
      Thank you so much for donating - and for reading the plight of the women in Camodia! Your donation will go to a great casue and will be so appreciated! Thank you for helping to spread the word! :)

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  14. My Inner Chick
    July 21, 2014
    --I just watched a documentary about this same thing, but hearing it first hand breaks my heart in half. It's hard to believe that a business man, or any man, could do such an atrocious thing. I am utterly appalled and discussed. Surely, they will go strait to hell. --I shall pass this on. Education is Power. Thank you. PS. I am thrilled that Chet Mon is making a difference. It's takes one person...then more...to change the world.

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    • BasketsLife
      July 26, 2014
      Thank you so much for reading - it is really heartbreaking I honestly was so sad while we were there - the men who do this are sickening and sadly many families feel they have no choice - they need to be educated and to get the help to the families in need! Agree Education is Power and it can change the world!

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  15. Bente Vold Klausen
    July 21, 2014
    This was heartbeaking to read and yet I know it happens not only in Cambodia but in so many countries.

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    • BasketsLife
      July 26, 2014
      Yes, it does happen all over the world Eudcation and awareness are key to changing it! As travelers I think it is our responsibility to spread the word and try to evoke change! thank you for reading!

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  16. Carmen (CarmensTravelTips)
    July 21, 2014
    That's terrible what they do to the kids at such an early age. Thanks for sharing such a heartbreaking story and relaying it to us to hopefully help some of these poor families. I will definitely help out with a donation.

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    • BasketsLife
      July 26, 2014
      Thank you very much for a donation and for reading! I hope you will share the story and pass along the plight of the women and children in Cambodia!!!

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  17. Marissa | It’s The Little Things
    July 21, 2014
    This was heartbreaking to read, but also very powerful. Chet Mon is so courageous not just because she reached out for help, but especially because she is now sharing her story with the world through New Hope and your blog. Thank you so much for sharing this touching post!

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    • BasketsLife
      July 26, 2014
      She is an amazing woman and to see her smile and have no hate or angre is even more amazing, I am not sure I could do that - she rocks and thank you for reading and for spreading the word about New Hope!

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  18. Jessica @ Independent Travel Cats
    July 20, 2014
    What a sad story and there are just so many heartbreaking stories in Cambodia and similar impoverished countries like this. We were just in Cambodia earlier this year. It is great that there appears to be a lot of relief, education, health, and human rights organizations working in Cambodia and hopefully they can bring about some changes.

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    • BasketsLife
      July 26, 2014
      Heartbreaking is right! I have to say that sadly most of the human rights organizations are tied by the government and the money gets to the people - I like New Hope becasue it is not just taking relief money and padding its pockets - it is actually helping and changing this on the ground - to me this is huge. The correuption in Cambodia is widespread! thank you for reading! :)

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  19. Anna | slightly astray
    July 20, 2014
    This is such a heartbreaking story! But also one so full of hope. It's so nice to hear that there are good people in this world who are doing their best to change the lives of others. And I too, am realizing how lucky I am to be born where I am and receive education. Thanks so much for sharing this.

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    • BasketsLife
      July 26, 2014
      We are very lucky to have been born in other countries where women are valued! thank you for reading and for spreading the word on New Hope and the plight of the Cambodia women and children!

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  20. Katie
    July 20, 2014
    This is such a thought-provoking and emotional article. I can't imagine having to make any of the decisions those families have to make. I feel so grateful for the opportunities I've been given, and hopeful that places like New Hope can make a difference and break the cycle. Thanks for sharing, I'm so glad my eyes have been opened to the daily tragedies of Cambodia.

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    • BasketsLife
      July 26, 2014
      I so agree, I am not sure what I would do if faced with sacrificing one child, to save another - it would kill me and haunt me forever. I was so horrified to hear the stories, but so happy to meet the New Hope organization! Thank you or reading and spreading the word!

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  21. TammyOnTheMove
    July 20, 2014
    I lived in Cambodia for two years and worked on human rights issues just like these. I still campaign for these issues in Cambodia, even though I have now left the country, as the many personal storirs I have come across touch me so much. I am familiar with New Hope's work. Thank you for sharing this story and for raising much needed funds. I wish all tourists would become as active as you have!

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    • BasketsLife
      July 26, 2014
      Thank you so much for reading - 2 yeas, it would have killed me I think. The heartbreak and sadness is really disturbing to me - Cheers to you for helping and living there and working on these issues first hand! I think as travelers it is our duty to spread awareness and help those countries and people in need! :)

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  22. diana – Life in German.
    July 20, 2014
    First time visiting your blog, stopping over via Sunday Traveler. Wow, I'm glad someone took an initiative to make things better for women and kids in Cambodia, I hope you guys surpass your donation goal! :)

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    • BasketsLife
      July 20, 2014
      Thank you for reading - I really appreciate it and I hope we exceed our goal too! I hope we can help to begin to change the lives of women in Cambodia!

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  23. Mandie @ RamblingMandie
    July 20, 2014
    God, what a powerful story. Absolutely heartbreaking to think of a little girl losing her innocence like this, but sadly it happens in so many poverty-stricken countries. My sister who is adopted from Calcutta, India has a very similar story. I have never written about it (and won't unless she gives me permission to) but these are the stories that everyone needs to know about.

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    • BasketsLife
      July 20, 2014
      Thank you for reading - yes it is such a sensitive subject that honestly no one wants to talk about and its hard to get the story out! Chet Mon gave me her permission as did New Hope to share the story - but its still very hard to tell! You are so right it happens in many places!

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  24. jan
    July 20, 2014
    Chet Mon is a true hero. To survive her horrible experiences and be brave enough to be able to make a better life for her daughters - so that her daughters will not have to go through the horror she did. Cambodia certainly has problems, yet the people are so gentle.

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  25. Sand In My Suitcase
    July 20, 2014
    It is very sad how much of the world lives in pain and hardship. Your sponsorship of Chet Mon and her family is touching...

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    • BasketsLife
      July 20, 2014
      Yes we were really shocked at the stories and honestly so lucky to have been born in a different world! Thank you for reading!

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    • BasketsLife
      July 20, 2014
      Thank you so much for reading - hopefully we can begin to change things for women in Cambodia!

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  26. Brianna
    July 20, 2014
    What a very sobering post that makes me realize just how lucky I am to be born both when and where I was as a woman.

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    • BasketsLife
      July 20, 2014
      Yes I thought the same thing - how lucky that I was born where I was as a woman - thank you for reading!

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  27. SJ @ Chasing the Donkey
    July 20, 2014
    What a post! I am sobbing, and even more grateful for my life than I was before starting this. i am so glad that an organisation like this is there to help her and others. I am off now to donate. Thanks for sharing this with #SundayTraveler today xx

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    • Stacey Veikalas
      July 20, 2014
      Hey thank you so much for reading and for helping! It was a quite and expeirence to meet and understand the people of Cambodia! :) Luv #SundayTraveler

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  28. Bronwyn Joy
    July 19, 2014
    Truly heartbreaking what some families go through.

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    • Stacey Veikalas
      July 20, 2014
      Thank you for reading - yes just heartbreaking words cannot really describe it!

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  29. Jackie De Burca
    July 18, 2014
    Wow Stacey, I am sitting here with tears in my eyes and feeling so very silly for some of the rubbish I worry about. This is an amazing article. Chet Mon is truly beautiful, and I have so much admiration for how she has retained her inner beauty and spirit through all of this. I really hope lots of people can help the New Hope Cambodia.

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    • Stacey Veikalas
      July 19, 2014
      Hi Jackie ~ thank you so much for reading and caring about the plight the people in Cambodia. Sadly CHet Mon and her family are only one of thousands of families in the same situation! I hope many people will help as well! thank you again for reading I really appreciate it! :)

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