Rani Hong’s childhood came to an abrupt end before her eighth birthday. When her family financial situation took a turn for the worst, another woman offered to take Hong into her home and feed and educate her. But no one could have predicted what would happen next. Under her caretaker’s care, Hong was beaten, starved, caged and trafficked from India to Canada before being adopted by a woman in America. She would not see her family for another 21 years.
The former child trafficking victim is now on the front line fighting to end the same injustice that almost destroyed her. As a special adviser to the United Nations, Hong now advocates for human rights and the rehabilitation of fellow survivors. She also runs the Tronie Foundation, which aims to educate the public about trafficking and to support survivors in 20 countries through mentorship and healing programs. After hearing her address at the UN General Assembly, delegates named July 30, 2014, the first World Day Against Trafficking in Persons.
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