Surviving Both Human Trafficking and Cancer – Chong Kim’s Story

Cancer InCytes magazine highlights the deep intersections between public health and social justice. Our upcoming December, 2013 issue will feature double-survivor stories of victims of human trafficking who also survived cancer. Their stories highlight how cancer and social injustice are intertwined. Here is an excerpt. Stay tuned!

Neither Height nor Depth, nor Hot, nor Cold

By Chong Kim

Cancer InCytes Magazine. Volume 2, Issue 2, Winter, 2013

She was hung from a hook and beaten. This was Chong Kim’s life as a victim of human trafficking. She was stuffed in a storage locker in the sweltering heat. She was tied in a bath tub full of ice, while her teeth were plucked, rendered from her mouth. This was the torture Chong overcame to become the cherished survivor and advocate that she is today. Having lived through the abuse, she now lives with the many medical problems that resulted from it – including a brush with cervical cancer. Her courage is an inspiration to many. Her story was the basis of the 2012 feature length film Abduction of Eden. Chong is now on a crusade to educate health care, legal, and law enforcement professionals about human trafficking: How to stop it, and how to help those recovering from it.

5 thoughts on “Surviving Both Human Trafficking and Cancer – Chong Kim’s Story”

  1. Did she go to law enforcement after escaping and if so what happened in the investigation? Where is the proof of this woman’s story?

    These are major crimes she is alleging with hundreds of victims and participants. If she gained their trust as she claims and worked for them, then she would have had access to names, dates, places, personal information etc. that she could have passed on to authorities.
    Did she? If not, why? She claims she wants to help victims and was trafficked with up to 50 other girls at a time, why not go to the police for these poor girls’ sakes? Her tale sounds horrific but was her story ever investigated and vetted for its authenticity? This was supposedly a major international trafficking ring and the feds could and would investigate.


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