Offering her own testimony in order to help others, Memey provides insight into the world of human trafficking and the knowledge that would have protected her had she known it earlier. Her story is similar to millions; Memey had a poor life, a broken family, and a child to raise. Seeking employment abroad in hopes of better income, the idea of a job as a waitress in Malaysia held much appeal to this single mother in Indonesia. However, that appeal disappeared as soon as Memey arrived at a hotel to start work.
She, along with several other girls, had no opportunity to escape. Their free lives were taken away along with the aspects that made them possible, such as passports, phones, and security. Instead of waitressing in a restaurant she performed sexual acts for several customers a day. Memey decided to tell every client her story, hoping for a caring listener. Most of the men reacted with no emotion, yet eventually a man heard who responded with a cell phone for Memey to call her family. Through a series of trials and efforts, Memey and the girls were finally rescued.
Free at last, Memey returned home to her family. She kept her “work abroad” a secret, feeling ashamed and guilty. Along with her shame, she had acquired HIV which would place a cultural stigma upon her once publicized. Only when learning more about HIV did she reveal her status to her loved ones and make the decision to help others living with such diseases. She hopes to make as much information necessary available for women who are desperate for work and are entertaining the idea of going abroad. She asks for help from everyone to help the fight against human trafficking, and she ends her testimonial with “Imagine you were in my shoes… It could be you.”