Over three years, her family moved 14 times on both sides of the Causeway because of financial difficulties.
In 2011, Hana (not her real name), then 13, even had to live in a tent at Pasir Ris Park for a while.
As if that was not bad enough, she was sexually abused by her stepfather in nearly all the places they had called "home".
Her stepfather, whom we shall call Dan, 37, pleaded guilty yesterday to two counts each of rape, outrage of modesty and voluntarily causing hurt, and one count of sexual assault by penetration.
Eleven charges, including two other counts of rape against Hana, and four counts of voluntarily causing hurt to her sister, will be taken into consideration during sentencing. He did not sexually abuse the sister, who is two years younger than Hana.
Deputy Public Prosecutor (DPP) Prem Raj Prabakaran told Justice Tan Siong Thye yesterday that Dan had married the girl's mother in January 2008.
Five months later, the family moved to a three-bedroom unit in a condominium at Larkin in Johor Baru. This marked the beginning of the girl's ordeal.
Dan, a real estate agent who did not have a lawyer, molested Hana, then 11, by groping her breasts in her bedroom while the others were asleep at night.
DPP Prem said Hana felt uncomfortable about this but did not tell her mother, 38, as she feared that no one would believe her.
In February 2009, the family moved to a terrace house in Skudai, Johor Baru. The entire family slept in the master bedroom as it had air-conditioning. Dan would grope Hana's chest when everyone else was asleep.
He got bolder over time.
On several occasions, whenever he was alone with Hana, he would take her to a bathroom and sexually assault her.
Once, he forced the girl to perform oral sex on him and stopped only when he heard his wife approaching.
Hana and her sister moved back to Singapore in August 2009 so she could sit for her Primary School Leaving Examination. They stayed with their aunt in a flat in western Singapore.