Mon Woman Raped by Mon Migrant Worker

January 15, 2009

WCRP:In November 2008, Mi Kyi Kyi (not real name), a 16 year-old Mon women, was raped by a Mon migrant worker.

Mi Kyi Kyi was sharing a room temporarily with a friend in the house of 18 year-old Nai Chan, when he found her alone in her room and raped her.

When Mi Kyi Kyi’s roommate shifted to another house, she was left alone in the previously shared room. Once alone, Nai Chan entered her room uninvited, and asked her to marry him. When she refused, Nai Chan raped the young woman. Nai Chan is employed to sell oranges and lives in Wanka village, Sangkhlaburi district, Kanchanaburi province, Thailand.

According to Mi Kyi Kyi: “At night time he came to me and asked  me to marry him, and when I refused his request he raped me. When other people questioned him, he said I was his wife, when actually I am not.” She went on, “I’m now hiding because I am afraid of him and I’m really worried that he will find me again and abuse me.”

Mi Kyi Kyi is from Karen State. Since the age of 14, Mi Kyi Kyi has been working as a migrant worker in factories in Thailand to support her six family members living in Karen State. She said, “My parents do not yet know about the rape, and I don’t want to go back to my village, as I am ashamed of what happened”.

Mi Kyi Kyi is now living with a 31 year-old man, who learned of her situation and offered her a safe place to stay.

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