Sreypov Chan was sold to a brothel in Phnom Penh when she was 7 years old. Between the ages of 7 and 10, pimps forced Chan to have sex with up to 20 men a day. When she initially refused sex, a pimp forced her to drink a client’s urine, then covered her with biting ants, and beat her with an electric cable. When she still refused, he put hot chili peppers and a hot metal rod up her vagina, then let the client rape her. The woman who sold her to the brothel? Her mother. “I wanted to die,”
said Chan, now 20, in an exclusive interview with Marie Claire. Although Chan’s experience is unfathomable, she is considered lucky to have escaped (after two failed attempts). Chan, who says she can’t be with a man ever again, now works for Somaly Mam’s center for rescued sex workers. A beautiful, “sparkly” young woman “with a feisty laugh and a love of Kelly Clarkson songs,” Chan told Marie Claire: "I can never forget my past or the cruelty of those men. I'll never understand it, but I use it as power to push for change. I feel better knowing that I'm helping other girls."