She Went Missing

May 12, 2021 at 3:30 pm 57 comments

For Friday Fictioneers 100-Word Challenge: 14 May 2021

Roger Bultot
Photo Credit: Roger Bultot

 
Ae-Cha turned eighteen and eager to spread her wings.

When a recruiter came to their village and offered her a job in a Bangkok restaurant, she couldn’t contain her excitement.

“Appa,” she begged Kyung-mo, “let me go and help support our family.”

Everything went good in the beginning. Ae-Cha was able to send money back home until she disappeared. Even her recruiter didn’t have a clue of her whereabouts, or so she claimed.

As soon as travel restrictions were lifted, Kyung-mo went looking for Ae-Cha but no success. Since then, never a day passed he regretted allowing her to leave.

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  • 1. Iain Kelly  |  May 12, 2021 at 3:51 pm

    Seems like a tragedy may have happened, and one that I’m sure is repeated too often in the world today.

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    • 2. plaridel  |  May 12, 2021 at 6:33 pm

      iain:

      i totally agree.

      Reply
  • 3. neilmacdon  |  May 12, 2021 at 4:20 pm

    That kind of guilt is impossible to live with

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    • 4. plaridel  |  May 12, 2021 at 6:33 pm

      neil:

      really tough to lose a child that way.

      Reply
  • 5. ahtdoucette  |  May 12, 2021 at 5:23 pm

    What a terrible story, but well told. Can feel the heartbreak.

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    • 6. plaridel  |  May 12, 2021 at 6:33 pm

      anne:

      anyway you look at it, it really was.

      Reply
  • 7. msjadeli  |  May 12, 2021 at 6:17 pm

    Oh no. It hurts to know that this probably happens to a lot of young people who go to the big city.

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    • 8. plaridel  |  May 12, 2021 at 6:33 pm

      msjadeli:

      it was likely that she fell victim to human traffickers.

      Reply
  • 10. Tannille  |  May 13, 2021 at 12:18 am

    Ouch. A tragic story for so many, too many.

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    • 11. plaridel  |  May 13, 2021 at 3:39 pm

      tannille:

      truth hurts.

      Reply
  • 12. Anita  |  May 13, 2021 at 12:23 am

    Sad story.
    But, this is reality for many.
    Especially in this Covid world when many are yet to be traced. Hope they are alive & will be found…
    Here is my story- The Red T-Shirt

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    • 13. plaridel  |  May 13, 2021 at 3:39 pm

      anita:

      hope springs eternal.

      Reply
  • 14. GHLearner  |  May 13, 2021 at 5:51 am

    So sad, there’s certainly human trafficking going on. That recruiter is fishy…

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    • 15. plaridel  |  May 13, 2021 at 3:38 pm

      gabi:

      yes, the recruiter smells like rotten fish.

      Reply
  • 16. rochellewisoff  |  May 13, 2021 at 6:39 am

    Dear Plaridel,

    Tragic story. Too much truth in it. Well done.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    • 17. plaridel  |  May 13, 2021 at 3:38 pm

      rochelle:

      sadly, it happens more often than we realize.

      Reply
  • 18. Mason Bushell  |  May 13, 2021 at 7:11 am

    Intriguing. I wonder where and why she vanished.

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    • 19. plaridel  |  May 13, 2021 at 3:38 pm

      mason:

      i’m afraid nothing good.

      Reply
      • 20. Mason Bushell  |  May 14, 2021 at 1:49 am

        Yes it seems she met a sticky end.

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        • 21. plaridel  |  May 14, 2021 at 10:27 am

          mason:

          it’s really unfortunate.

          Reply
  • 24. Keith's Ramblings  |  May 13, 2021 at 8:17 am

    A disturbing story. I dread to think about where she ended up.

    My story!

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    • 25. plaridel  |  May 13, 2021 at 3:37 pm

      keith:

      i could only imagine with dread.

      Reply
  • 26. The Abject Muse  |  May 13, 2021 at 8:41 am

    How sad and all too common these days. Good writing!

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    • 27. plaridel  |  May 14, 2021 at 10:26 am

      susan:

      thank you for reading and commenting. much appreciated.

      Reply
  • 31. Dora  |  May 13, 2021 at 9:09 am

    Plaridel,
    How sad! Stories like these are all too common in many places in the world. Your story captures so well the initial excitement and hope, the reality, the loss, the grief.
    ~πŸ•ŠDora

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    • 32. plaridel  |  May 13, 2021 at 3:37 pm

      dora:

      thank you for your generous commnet. much appreciated.

      Reply
  • 33. Elizabeth Young  |  May 13, 2021 at 10:08 am

    Never trust a female recruiting pretty girls – she could be another Ghislaine.

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    • 34. plaridel  |  May 13, 2021 at 3:37 pm

      liz:

      sound advice.

      Reply
  • 35. michael1148humphris  |  May 14, 2021 at 3:40 am

    Such a sad reflection of humanity at its worst

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    • 36. plaridel  |  May 14, 2021 at 10:27 am

      michael:

      i tned to agree.

      Reply
  • 37. michaelwynnauthor  |  May 14, 2021 at 7:51 am

    This sounds ominous, very dark. Well told Plaridel.

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    • 38. plaridel  |  May 14, 2021 at 10:27 am

      michael:

      in this case, there’s no happy ending in sight.

      Reply
  • 39. pennygadd51  |  May 14, 2021 at 9:32 am

    I understand that this is often how abductions work, with a recruiter visiting apparently to offer legitimate employment, with the girl subsequently disappearing. Well done.

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    • 40. plaridel  |  May 14, 2021 at 10:27 am

      penny:

      it’s poverty that entices a girl to leave home and accept a job offer overseas. it doesn’t often end well.

      Reply
  • 41. Inside the Mind of Isadora  |  May 14, 2021 at 11:59 am

    The tension is palable in your story, Plaridel.
    I enjoyed this one a lot. Have a good weekend … Be safe
    Isadora 😎

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    • 42. plaridel  |  May 15, 2021 at 11:32 am

      isadora:

      “palable.” did i just learn a new word? πŸ™‚

      Reply
      • 43. Inside the Mind of Isadora  |  May 16, 2021 at 11:31 am

        LOL you’ve got to love Mr. Spellcheck.
        He always changes my words. It should be palpable. YIKES … sorry about that, I should have read my response.

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        • 44. plaridel  |  May 17, 2021 at 8:56 am

          isadora:

          apology accepted. i make the same mistakes too. πŸ™‚

          Reply
  • 45. James McEwan  |  May 14, 2021 at 12:10 pm

    Such a true story for many young girls who dream of doing the right thing.

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    • 46. plaridel  |  May 15, 2021 at 11:32 am

      james:

      in her case, she was dealt with a bad hand.

      Reply
  • 47. draliman  |  May 14, 2021 at 9:22 pm

    Left to wonder forever where she is and what happened, a terrible thing.

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    • 48. plaridel  |  May 15, 2021 at 11:32 am

      draliman:

      she was lost and never found.

      Reply
  • 49. Woman walking Max  |  May 15, 2021 at 12:26 pm

    Oh dear, such a sad story., escaping poverty then becoming a lost person in the slave trade. The loss must bring heartache to her family.

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    • 50. plaridel  |  May 17, 2021 at 8:58 am

      francine:

      indeed, it’s a loss her family may not be able to recover.

      Reply
  • 51. Brenda's Thoughts  |  May 15, 2021 at 1:26 pm

    Oh my, your story gives me the shivers because of the truth of it. These sorts of things happen way to often. Let’s hope she is found, and all those who go missing every day around the world. Heart-wrenching piece, Plaridel.

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    • 52. plaridel  |  May 17, 2021 at 8:57 am

      brenda:

      it was tough story to write in 100 words but i felt it was worth a try in the context of our times.

      Reply
  • 53. notestowomen  |  May 16, 2021 at 11:13 am

    What a heartbreaking story. She’s probably a victim of human trafficking

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    • 54. plaridel  |  May 17, 2021 at 8:56 am

      adele:

      indications suggest that she is.

      Reply
  • 55. granonine  |  May 17, 2021 at 10:24 am

    The first thing that comes to mind, of course, is trafficking. This was a well-constructed, pulling-on-the-heartstrings story. Well done.

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    • 56. plaridel  |  May 19, 2021 at 11:03 am

      linda:

      coming from you, i take it as a great compliment. thank you. πŸ™‚

      Reply
      • 57. plaridel  |  May 20, 2021 at 8:43 am

        susan:

        deeply appreciated. thanks again.

        Reply

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