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Cambodian artist Vannak Prum was a victim of human trafficking. He became a virtual slave on a Thai fishing boat for three years before escaping. Prum, 33, is a former monk. He hopes his story will put a stop to this modern form of human slavery. In June 2012, Prum was recognised by the US State Department as one of the 10 heroes in the fight against human trafficking. In a ceremony at the White House, Secretary of State, Hilary Clinton, presented Prum with his award. His story is told here through his original artwork. “I want everyone to know about this. Through my pictures, I want to warn all cross-border migrant workers to be careful. Even if they do not keep my own story in mind, they will at least have an idea of what life is like for people trafficked onto boats for forced labour.” – Vannak Prum Copyright © 1998-2011, RFA. Used with the permission of Radio Free Asia, 2025 M St. NW, Suite 300, Washington DC 20036. http://www.rfa.org.

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