Chong Kim – Human Trafficking Survivor on Mental Challenges and Healing

In Features22 by Mary Kurek

In order to know about the mental challenges involved in such extreme conditions as produced by human trafficking, one should hear from someone who lived it.  Perhaps some of you really don’t even understand the industry that has become so pervasive in our society around the world.  In our cities, in our small towns, and yes, quite possibly in our own neighborhoods, trafficking is very real.

 “Right now traffickers are robbing a staggering 24.9 million people of their freedom and basic human dignity—that’s roughly three times the population of New York City. We must band together and build momentum to defeat human trafficking.”

In this 2-part interview with survivor, Chong Kim, you’ll hear some of her own story, surprising facts you might not know about how trafficking operates, and what kind of mental anguish a victim goes through and often carries with them into survivorship.  The healing process is tricky but Chong sheds light on what she believes is a way forward…and, it’s something that everyone should know about.  Meet Chong Kim.

Note:  these interviews involve a frank “adult” conversation about what has traditionally been a sensitive topic because of the nature of the abuse. Just a caution in the case content on this subject does not resonate with you.

Part 1 (14 min)


Part 2 (9.5 min)

Chong’s Contact & Resources:


FB, Twitter & IG: @iamchongkim

To order her memoir, “Broken Silence” click here:

Youtube videos “Let’s Talk with Chong”
LTWC Weekly

Link to viewing “Eden,” the 2012 movie inspired by Chong’s life in human trafficking on Youtube:

The movie stars Beau Bridges and Jamie Chung.