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You know, I used to catch myself with my head down because I was so ashamed of what I was doing. Now I catch myself with my head high because I am proud.”

The words spilled forth as Ke, a NightLight team member, held up a piece jewelery she had just created. Ke was once one of the many Thai women bought and sold in the bars of Bangkok night after night. For five years Annie Dieselberg had visited her in the bars, watching her slowly lose her health, her dreams, her dignity, and her identity. One night when she was drunk, Ke confided that sometimes she cut herself because she was not sure if she was still a human being. For Ke, seeing the blood and feeling the pain confirmed her humanity. Dieselberg could see that being bought and sold as a commodity–a sex object–was slowly draining Ke of life. She began to dream of a way to provide alternative employment that could give life rather than drain it from Thailand’s beautiful daughters…

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