Rani Hong is a survivor of human trafficking.
As a child living in India, Rani was sold into slavery at the age of seven by a man who promised her parents that she would receive an education. Documents indicate that this trusted family friend instead sold her to a child broker in a neighboring state. Witnesses said the broker was using children to make bricks for factories. After one year in captivity, Rani was deemed destitute and dying. Records show that she was sold into an international adoption agency and ultimately adopted by a single mother in Olympia, Washington.
“This is why I’m telling my story today,” Rani said, “because there are millions of other individuals, like that little girl I was- imprisoned, enslaved, and silenced- unable to tell their stories. I speak for those without a voice.”
In the past five years, Rani has partnered with international corporations, dignitaries, and celebrities, including Demi Moore, Ashton Kutcher, and Mira Sorvino. She has appeared numerous times on international media including the BBC, CNN, and the Oprah Winfrey show. Rani has spoken internationally to government panels, and she has helped to pass several state laws in her home state of Washington.
Just this week, Rani praised new ground-breaking laws in Washington State in her speech to the United Nations’ human trafficking summit entitled, “Fighting Human Trafficking: Partnership and Innovation to End Violence against Women and Girls.” The event took place yesterday, April 3rd, in front of the United Nations General Assembly at the UN Headquarters in New York, N.Y.
Rani was appointed Special Adviser to the United Nations Global Initiative to Fight Trafficking (UN.GIFT) last November in Vienna, Austria. Rani recently visited Nepal to raise awareness for the issue of human trafficking and to attend an event organized by the survivor organization, Shakti Samuha. According to their website, Shakti Samuha was created in 1996 when “500 girls and women were rescued from slavery in Indian brothels during widespread police raids. Among these were 148 Nepalese girls and women.”
Abhushan Gautam, news editor with News24 (Nepal Broadcasting Channel), kindly gave permission to show their news report above about Rani’s trip to Nepal. In this video, Rani expresses her commitment to unite and lift the voices of survivors on a global level.
Many thanks to Rani for spreading awareness and inspiration around the globe.