I was born into a very complex family. When I was small I worked with my mother to sell shallots. We were paid up to 20,000 dong ($1.30) for a day’s work. Fortunately later I was accepted into a house for girls in Ho Chi Minh City. There I have been happier.
Thao has written about the difficulties in her life in more depth but has requested that her writing is not published. Thao later left the girl’s house in HCMC and was living with friends in HCMC.