Yae Jin was able to find true love in China. She was sold to her husband’s family, but unlike the other husbands, he was kind and affectionate to her. She had fresh cuts and scratches along her face from the tree branches and shrubs that cut her face and arms during the dangerous journey from China to our shelter in Southeast Asia. She had to nurse her one-year-old son as she ran to keep him from crying, but despite the arduous journey, she smiled as she talked about her husband of eight years.
She couldn’t speak Chinese when she first met him, so he wrote her letters and had a college student translate them for her. He expressed his gratitude for her after having lost his first wife to an illness. Her mother-in-law, however, wasn’t as kind. She repeatedly beat her and locked her in the house for the first three months to “break her.”
They were so impoverished that food wasn’t guaranteed everyday, and mice would fall off the ceiling and land on her while she slept. She couldn’t bear to think the kind of life her two sons would have, so she decided to escape.
We were able to successfully rescue her (and the baby) and reunite her with her family. She arrived in South Korea just a week before her mother’s 70th birthday and it was the first time they saw each other in ten years.