She remembers a home that looked fancy on the outside but ominous on the inside, a dark maze of bare chambers. Her name is Sreypich Loch, and she was a slave in a Cambodian brothel. Loch, now around 20 years old, managed to escape that world and works today to rescue other girls.She remembers the parade of men, one after the other, day by day, forcing her to have sex. If she refused sex, she says, she would be beaten, shocked with an electric cord, denied food and water. She helps grab them out of brothels, and she hosts a radio show in Phnom Penh, giving the girls a forum for their stories.Chan recalls that her first client was an Asian man.
If she didn't meet her quota of 20 clients everyday, she would be given electric shocks. I thought everything was finished for me" says Chan. She tried to escape from there as well and was caught and beaten up by the pimp and then sold again to another brothel.
And on days when she couldn't get out of bed because of tiredness, men, one after the other, would visit her room, something she has likened to gangrape. Chan now works for Mam's organisation and helps victims who are still stuck in those grim and gloomy buildings, telling them that there is a way out and they too can make it.
This is her grim, painful and yet phenomenal story. She was tied up and biting ants were let loose on her.
Some of Chan's early memories were of a happy childhood, with five siblings and doting parents and a house in the rural district of Koh Thom and their rice fields. But he died when she was five and things began to change swiftly. She was terribly unhappy; all the love drained out of our lives. They had to move out of their house and into a shack. She was also whipped with an electric cable and finally she said yes.
More than 50 years after being brought to Cambodia during the Second World War to provide sexual services to Japanese troops, her lifelong dream was fulfilled.
She was on her way back to live in her native land at last - and she had become an inadvertent celebrity as well.
"I am very happy, and I want to express my gratitude to my family and to the people who assisted me," she said at a farewell luncheon in Phnom Penh given by the South Korea-based Supporter's Association for Grandma Hun.
Photographers rushed to snap photos of the diminutive, wrinkled figure dressed in pink traditional Korean han bok robes. Every Korean person knows her," said Frank Kang, a Korean businessman active in the Supporter's Association who was accompanying her home.
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