As a child Mo (22) felt as if she was trapped in the body of a boy. Where at first she did not feel at home in her body, later she did not feel at home with her parents. Moreover, her parents were poor. Although they both worked, there was never any money for the family at home. Mo is 12 years old when she runs away from home and goes to work as a ladyboy.
One evening on the streets of Bangkok Mo meets a Western sex tourist. He promises her financial security, as long as she provides him with all kinds of sexual services. Mo has been abused by him for 3 years.
Terre des Hommes has a partner organization that is active in one of the most notorious neighborhoods of Bangkok when it comes to child exploitation. Here we offer children like Mo free shelter and food. We also make sure that they can go to school.
In the beginning Mo felt very lonely and missed her friends. That's why she sometimes went back to her life on the street. Now she's 22, she's putting her life on track: she's finishing her studies, and she's earning some extra money in a coffee shop. Although she does this on her own, she is grateful that Terre des Hommes has given her the opportunity to create for herself a foundation, which she didn't know before.