“Change of story” is about women whose strength, and courage led to a better future. Starting out at the brothels in Bangkok, rehabilitation programs offering work and steady income has given these women a new path. As a result they have changed their story and their lives. Roughly 2.2 million people are trapped in the sex industry in Thailand. Some go on their own, others are encouraged by families or boyfriends seeking easy money. In reality most of these women make less than $5 a day. Although, these stories start with physical, sexual, and mental abuse that is not the whole story. Aside from trauma, one thing these women have in common is hope. Hope for a better life outside of the brothels. Hope for their children so they don’t suffer the same fate as they did. Hope that the socio and economical hardships they were born into won’t determine their future. This hope has given these women a new path. As a result they have changed their lives and their story.

After being raped and enslaved Yana left the brothels after 15 years. "With only a sixth grade education, my options were limited and paid very little; my body became my currency. Now I have dignity when I tell my children ho

After being raped and enslaved Yana left the brothels after 15 years. "With only a sixth grade education, my options were limited and paid very little; my body became my currency. Now I have dignity when I tell my children how I make money"

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Young Gan inside her home in Bangkok. She left the brothels only a few days before this images was taken.

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At 15 Joy began working at the bars. Her boyfriend at the time was a drug runner and taught Joy to swallow carrots whole so she could smuggle drugs in her intestines across the boarder. Fully knowing that if one bag was packaged improperly and burst she would die. Since leaving the bars Joy has found fulltime employment at a café and has found Jesus.

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 Durn inside he home in Bangkok.

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Before finding a rehabilitation program offering her work, Yam was almost sold by mother to a brothel in South Korea. This is the first bed she has ever had. Yam and her son Hin inside their home in Bangkok.

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“I ran from my abusive step father and started my young life in a bar. People looked down on me and I had no finically security.” Tae and Pim a couple who both found work and refuge in brothels.


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