Ms. Hong is originally from India. She was taken from her family and became a victim of human trafficking when she was seven years old. By age eight, her slave owner, sold her into illegal adoption. Rani married Trong Hong in 1992. Trong is also a survivor of human trafficking. As a child in Vietnam, he was recruited to become a child soldier.
In 2002, Ms. Hong’s testimony before the Washington State legislature helped pass a law that had been stalled for four years, making it the first state in the nation to pass anti-trafficking legislation. Ongoing testimony for the next nine years aided passage of numerous laws that helped Washington State become the national model for anti-trafficking legislation.