Half the Sky

Srey Rath Character Analysis

Srey Rath is a Cambodian teenager and former forced prostitute whom the authors meet in Cambodia. She was trafficked into Malaysia and, after a long and brutal saga, managed to return home. With help from American Assistance in Cambodia, she started a life as a skillful saleswoman. Her story is the first in Half the Sky.
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Srey Rath Character Timeline in Half the Sky

The timeline below shows where the character Srey Rath appears in Half the Sky. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Introduction
The Oppression of Women  Theme Icon
Srey Rath is a petite, spirited young Cambodian woman, whom the authors meet while she sells goods... (full context)
The Oppression of Women  Theme Icon
At first, Rath resisted. The first time she was locked up with a customer, she struggled to keep... (full context)
The Oppression of Women  Theme Icon
The Complexity of Aid Theme Icon
Out of desperation, Rath and three other girls risked a perilous escape from their locked apartment—they crossed to the... (full context)
The Oppression of Women  Theme Icon
The Complexity of Aid Theme Icon
Rath’s story is far too common, Kristof and WuDunn write, yet little considered in the global... (full context)
Universal Benefits of Women’s Empowerment  Theme Icon
Solutions to Address the Oppression of Women Theme Icon
The chapter returns to Rath. She managed to escape from the Thai brothel. After returning home, American Assistance for Cambodia... (full context)
Universal Benefits of Women’s Empowerment  Theme Icon
Solutions to Address the Oppression of Women Theme Icon
Rath’s story, the authors stress, underscores what women can achieve when given opportunity. They warn that... (full context)
Solutions to Address the Oppression of Women Theme Icon
The narrative returns to Rath, who agreed to journey to Malaysia and try to find the brothel where she was... (full context)