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Love your neighbor: the single mom

Love your neighbor: the single mom

Imagine a single mother moves in next door to you and your family. Her car is rarely there because she’s always at work — a job that completely drains her, but it pays the bills. You watch her son get off the school bus every day with your own kids. You wonder if...
From a streetwalker to a small business owner

From a streetwalker to a small business owner

Palma’s name used to be a number. She was one of tens of thousands of girls working in the bars of Thailand’s red-light district. Palma felt like just another face in the crowd, another dancer up on a stage — for sale to the highest bidder. Palma, whose name we’ve...
The Christmas party that changed Palma’s life

The Christmas party that changed Palma’s life

Christmas is supposed to be a time of celebrating with loved ones. But for many people around the world — it’s a lonely season. I’ve just returned from visiting women in some of Thailand’s largest red-light districts, which, in my opinion, is one of the loneliest...
Video: Meet Ice, my new little friend from Thailand

Video: Meet Ice, my new little friend from Thailand

Ice is only 3 years old. She has her entire life ahead of her, and soon she’ll be dreaming about what she wants to be when she grows up. When I first met Ice in Thailand and looked into her smiling face, I smiled, too. She is absolutely adorable, and she will...
A place to call home

A place to call home

For most of 9-year-old Lawan’s life, she’s had nowhere to really call home. She was born in an impoverished, rural village in Thailand to a mother who was only 14. Her teenage mom did everything she could to take care of Lawan (whose name we’ve changed for privacy),...
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