Nguyen Thi Mai:
This girl told me that in
, when she was only sixteen years of
age, she listened to some friends and came to Saigon
to find work in
order to help feed her grandmother. After she arrived in Saigon
, she did not know
what to do because she was unskilled. So people took her to work as a
chambermaid for the Americans. Every day, twice a day, she went to his
room to make up his bed and clean his things.
There was no problem at first. And she thought that
it was not such hard work. It was a light job. There was no problem at
all. And so she thought that it was all right. There were no extra
demands on her and she was earning good pay. But she did not know that,
after a short time, she was raped by the American who employed her.
Having been thus soiled, she became spoiled. After she got raped, she
stopped working as a chambermaid and began to work as a bargirl. And
these bars, as she told me, were located on Tu Do Street, which is
called Dong Khoi Street nowadays.
Streets like this were full of bars which the
American soldiers frequented. And so she worked as a bargirl since then.
And every month she sent money home to her grandmother. She did not
think that she was being spoiled. She only saw that she was doing good
by helping her grandmother out and did not see that see was doing
anything really wrong. And so she was passed from one man to another.
This is to say that she entertained the customers in the bars, and after
that, if the customers invited her to go out with them she would do so.
Sometimes she went out with Korean soldiers, sometimes with American soldiers, and sometimes
with the Chinese.
And so she slid further and
further down. After liberation she went back to the countryside to visit
her maternal grandmother. But she had already been used to the way of
life in the city and did not want to live as a peasant girl anymore. So
she went back to Saigon
and continued to ply her trade as a prostitute. After
that she was brought to the school and study. Now, she has returned to
her native village to work and live with her maternal grandmother. This
is an example of what I can see very clearly that, if there hadn't been
a war, this girl would not have become so degenerated. When she became
soiled, she was only fifteen or sixteen years of age.