It's Wrong, No Matter How You Look at It
I first came across the concept of Human Trafficking in 2005 when I watched the made for television movie by the same name starring Mira Sorvino and Donald Sutherland. It really woke me up to the hardships of many young women and children who are being sold into slavery; usually prostitution. Something I had thought died out decades ago.
I hope you will read some of the articles I have posted here, watch the videos, and I encourage you to make some form of contribution to this plight; whether it be making a donation to one of the organizations below or simply passing the information on so others are made aware that this is going on.
Peace be with you.
photo credit: .Nicole Makauskas
Human Trafficking - The Mini-Series
"The Lifetime cable channel made TV history with this ambitious, acclaimed original miniseries on the horrifying phenomenon of human trafficking, or sexual slavery. It follows the fictional cases of young women around the world, lured or abducted, sometimes right off the street, into a world of unspeakable brutality--which the filmmakers show in almost overwhelming detail at times. Mira Sorvino and Donald Sutherland star as American government officials bent on exposing and stopping the phenomenon..."
Children are Meant to Be HappyClick thumbnail to view full-size
Somaly Mam Talks About Child Prostitution in Cambodia
Somaly Mam Shares the Struggles of Forced Prositution
The publisher donates "a portion of the proceeds of this book will be donated to the Somaly Mam Foundation."
"Born in a village deep in the Cambodian forest, Somaly Mam was sold into sexual slavery by her grandfather when she was twelve years old. For the next decade she was shuttled through the brothels that make up the sprawling sex trade of Southeast Asia. Trapped in this dangerous and desperate world, she suffered the brutality and horrors of human trafficking—rape, torture, deprivation—until she managed to escape with the help of a French aid worker. Emboldened by her newfound freedom, education, and security, Somaly blossomed but remained haunted by the girls in the brothels she left behind."
Informative Articles About Human Trafficking
- One Woman's Journey to Save Child Slaves | People & Places | Smithsonian Magazine
Former child prostitute Somaly Mam has made it her mission to rescue victims of sex slavery throughout the world
- Global Diary: Cambodia: Magazine: glamour.com
In Cambodia, girls as young as five years old are sold into prostitution every day. New columnist Mariane Pearl meets the woman who's bringing them hope...and freedom. Watch the video.
- A Life in the Day: Somaly Mam - Times Online
The 34-year-old Cambodian leads the AFESIP association, which rescues girls and young women from brothels in Cambodia, Thailand and Vietnam. She is separated from her husband and lives near Phnom Penh with her children: Melissa, 14, Adana, 9, and Nic
Organizations Making a Difference
- Somaly Mam Foundation - Home
Somaly Mam Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to fighting the $12billion per year sex-trafficking industry.
- Afesip Cambodia
AFESIP Cambodia exists : to combat trafficking in women and children for sex slavery; to care for and rehabilitate those rescued from sex slavery; to provide them occupational skills training and to reintegrate them into the communities where they ca
A Web Resource for Combating Human Trafficking in the East Asia Pacific Region
- Polaris Project
Combating Human Trafficking and Modern-day Slavery
- Called To Rescue
In todayÂ´s world, there are 1.2 million children being sex-trafficked every year and 27 million people in slavery in developing countries. Children in poverty need a home, love, clothes and education...
Somaly Mam on Trya Banks with Susan Surandon - Click on image to view conversation...
From the Somaly Mam Foundation - A glimpse at the women and children
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