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Lexington woman's journey for justice to Cambodia

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - A woman wants justice for others, and she's willing to travel thousand of miles to get it. The Lexington is moving to Cambodia to work with victims of human trafficking.

Of all places Cambodia will be 26-year-old Ashley Morgan's new home for a year starting in June.

"It's a very crowded city, so it's going to be much different than Lexington," said Morgan.

It's an unpaid legal fellowship that she's leaving her job as an attorney to do.

"I feel like I am equipped to do this," said Morgan. "This is why I went to law school. And I wouldn't want anybody else to do it."

She's traveled with International Justice Mission, IJM, before, but now Morgan says she'll really get to follow her dream and focus on human trafficking. She's got stories for days of girls that drive her passion.

"She was 13 years old when she was trafficked from her village in India," said Morgan. "She was beaten, raped, drugged, and this was her reality for three years. And she was finally rescued by IJM when she was 16."

Her work in Cambodia will center around her legal expertise as she preps these victims for trial. It's a challenge she's accepted.

"I think it's going to obviously rock my world a lot," said Morgan. "I mean just where I am today, I don't hear those kind of stories and meet people who human trafficking has actually really affected."

Morgan has been to South Africa, India, and Nepal, and each trip had an impression on her that she couldn't shake.

"It was really hard to say goodbye to him," said Morgan about a little boy she met in India. "He cried, and I cried when we said goodbye."

She knows she won't change Cambodia's human trafficking laws overnight, but a girl can dream.

"Even if I help one girl, I think I'm going to count that as a success while I'm over there," said Morgan.

If you want to help fund her trip to Cambodia, then there is a benefit concert starting at 8 p.m. on Thursday at Natasha's Bistro and Bar in Lexington. Tickets are $20.


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