This Girl Was Trafficked and Sold as an Orphan Even Though Her Mother Was Still Alive

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The Beginning

When Mata lays eyes on her mother for the first time in over a year, a smile spreads across her face. She’s seven years old, wearing a bright pink dress and clutching her favorite stuffed animal. “How are you doing?” asks Mata. Her mother cradles a newborn, and through the computer screen, she smiles back at the daughter she thought she had lost forever.

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Searching for Answers

Mata and her mother speak for a while. They are 7,400 miles apart. Then, Mata asks the question that’s been haunting her since their separation: “Why did you give me away?”

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