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Vinh and Tien had often dreamt about life beyond their mountain village. The two boys, aged 15 and 16, grew up together, best friends at school despite being in different classes. When COVID hit and their families lost their jobs, Vinh and Tien decided it was time to... hello
A war without glory

A war without glory

Conversations about human trafficking often use the language of war. We’re fighting slavery. Combatting human trafficking. And anti-trafficking movements – like anti-war movements – abound. If the fight against trafficking really is like a war, it is a war without... hello
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... hello
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... hello
Child v child

Child v child

The call for help reached 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 just 7 years old and the offender was a child himself – he... hello
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... hello
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