Alima was trafficked from Mongolia to Malaysia. Believing she would receive a job caring for elderly, she was locked in a room together with two other women. They took her passport, telephone and clothes and gave her a shawl to wear. She was sold to different men as a sex slave. One day, a sex purchaser seemed kind and said that he wanted to help Alima, and she received a phone from him for them to be able to stay in contact. A small ounce of hope began to grow in her—hope of being set free. That hope disappeared when she found herself sold further to China. Alima birthed a son during her time in captivity, but that did not hinder her traffickers from continuing to sell her. In desperation, she cut her face with a razor, which led to the end of her nightmare. She was thrown out and was able to make her way back towards Mongolia.
Alima and her child were able to move into Talita Asia’s safe house. She could begin to study, and now dreams of becoming a lawyer—so she can help other young girls. She said, “The meetings with the staff at Talita have given me my feeling of self-worth back and for the first time, I have found myself! I have received practical help, but what has meant most to me was to be able to share the truth to someone who believed me.”