YANG: My Story of Hope
I never met my biological parents, because they abandoned me. A man from a very wealthy family found me in a minefield and his family adopted me. I would steal money from my family to go play games in arcades. I often stayed out late but my parents were so busy that they did not notice. One time, I took so much money that I was afraid to return home, so I slept in a park where a man raped me that night. My parents did not come looking for me, and I thought it was because they were angry that I took so much money. I stayed in the park for several weeks until a lady found me and asked if I needed a job. She took me to a massage parlor, but at first, I did not know what working there actually meant. I worked there on and off for three and a half years whenever I needed money.