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Residents and staff have a 'going away' party at the Sorya Market for two teenage girls from the trafficking aftercare center Transitions Cambodia, an NGO serving young women 15 years and older who have been trafficked and sexually exploited, in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Burdened by their abusive experiences, the two girls are returning home, one to Sihanoukville and the other to Vietnam, after learning to live again with responsibility, dignity, and choice. Most aftercare shelters work with women 15 years and younger while Transitions uses an open residential facility model where the young women come and go like any other teenager might, going to school, their jobs, and see friends. The concept is intended to instill a sense of dignity and responsibility in the young women so they can find their own voice and understand they have a choice, something that sexual trauma often robs from survivors.
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