A story of a family, courage, and timeless love

“… an immersive and gripping piece that resonates deeply with the reader.” Rebecca Black, A.M.

"...a worthy contender for the Miles Franklin Literary Award indeed." Gillian Wells, Author of Alone and Consequences

"...I think you have written some of the most beautiful sentences I have ever read. I know it’s a good book because every time I pick it up, I am transported to not just a different place or time, but a different life." Danielle Sanelli

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A KATY & CLARA YEHONALA MYSTERY a different world four thousand kilometres away,
two white SUVs slide quietly through the deserted backstreets
of a nondescript township called Krong Chey, a stone’s throw
from the border...

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Robert Barclay and The Sunlight Foundation

The Sunlight Foundation

The trafficking of children to paedophiles, some as young as four or five years old, is the vilest crime in our society. As Director of my own charity, The Sunlight Foundation, I work with other charities who are doing heroic work in Cambodia rescuing and restoring the lives of young children sold into this evil trade. These children are our children and we all have a responsibility to act.

The Tragedy of Cambodia

I have visited many places in Cambodia and seen first-hand the grinding poverty that feeds the trafficking of children for sex. The hardest question to answer is always: why? Why do mothers sell their daughter's virginity and why is Cambodia the centre of this monstrous crime? Read my story here to understand part of the answer.

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