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Lighting the Way: Orphanage for young sex slaves is now modern treatment refuge

The 1849 Gold Rush that attracted thousands of single men to San Francisco and created an appetite for prostitution also spawned a brutal practice in Chinatown that saw young girls kidnapped and sold as sex slaves.

That historical sidelight set the stage for Donaldina Cameron’s life work. Historians credit her for rescuing 3,000 enslaved Chinese girls and women and opening the Ming Quong orphanage for young Chinese girls in Los Gatos on Loma Alta Avenue in either 1935 or 1936. The exact date has apparently been lost to history.

Read the entire Mercury News story here.