In Human Trafficking on October 2, 2011 at 9:06 pm
Minh Dang was 10 years old when her father started selling her for sex. Three years later, her mother did the same.
Now 27, the doctoral candidate at the University of California at Berkeley has made it her mission to speak out about her 20-year enslavement in modern America, she told an audience of more than 100 people at the East Auburn Baptist Church on Saturday.
Dang was “owned” by her parents until she left for college at age 20, raised to believe she was worth no more than the flies her parents killed with the same flyswatter they used on her. They told her she was “a burden and stupid.” She was beaten with a two-by-four and emotionally and sexually abused by her parents. They isolated her from her school friends and monitored her movements at all times.
One of the first entries in the journal in which she confided at age 6 stated that her parents and brother didn’t love her. “Only me loves me,” she wrote.
(Christopher Williams for Sun Journal)