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Human trafficking victim Vannak Anan Prum uses art to tell his story

In Awareness, Forced Labor, Human Trafficking on June 27, 2012 at 9:00 am

View Photo Gallery — Horrors of human slavery revealed in art: Cambodian artist Vannak Anan Prum created a series of drawings about his harrowing four years of kidnapping, forced labor and escape.

In 2006, Prum was kidnapped from Cambodia and forced into virtual slavery in Thailand. For three years, he worked on a fishing boat for 20 hours a day and was, according to the State Department, “mistreated, starved, and tortured.” He slept little and worked fatigued. Those who could not perform were beaten, thrown overboard or killed. Prum says he saw a man decapitated and his body tossed into the sea. Even those who tried jumping ship could not stray far; the boat would just turn around and retrieve them.

When the boat stopped in Malaysia, Prum and his cousin escaped, swimming to shore and then running into the jungle. They sought help from police officers and were placed in jail until the Malaysian Embassy could be contacted. But they soon realized that they had fallen into another trap.

Source: Washington Post


MTV EXIT Cambodia 2012

In Forced Labor, Human Trafficking, Sex Trafficking on April 15, 2012 at 3:48 pm


“My Virginity, $300”

In Awareness, Child Sex Trafficking, Forced Prostitution, Human Trafficking, Sex Trafficking on April 6, 2012 at 3:29 pm


The title of this photo reads: “My Virginity, $300”.

The girl in the photo is named Srey Neth. She was sold (by her mother) to a pimp for $300. At times, she was forced to serve 10-20 men a night (along with another female prostitutes) in a “building” in Phnom Penh. Although she escaped (with the help of police), she was diagnosed with HIV. She survived, thankfully with the aid of anti-retroiviral drugs.

There are a number of short videos, television specials, and feature length documentaries that talk about sex trafficking in Cambodia. What angers me is the fact very young girls (as young as five, six) are sold to these brothels to serve numerous men in a night. Not only are these girls are forced into prostitution, but they are treated inhumanely. It sickens me – and it’s not just a problem in Cambodia.

Thankfully, there are women who come out of these experiences – much stronger and empowered to fight back. Take Srey Neth and Somaly Mam, as examples.

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(via lovekanno)

Choose Safe Migration PSA (Cambodia)

In Human Trafficking on March 30, 2012 at 4:36 pm

Figures ‘hiding’ human trafficking in Cambodia

In Human Trafficking on February 22, 2012 at 3:35 pm

The US yesterday launched a US$5 million anti-human trafficking program in Cambodia, but according to a government audit of the US’s first counter-trafficking effort in Kingdom, significant challenges still need to be overcome.

The Counter-Trafficking in Persons II program (CTIP II) is a four-year effort that the US Embassy hopes “will build upon the notable achievements of CTIP I”, which originally ran from August 2006 until June 2009, and then received a two-year extension through last September.

However, the CTIP I program contained critical weaknesses, according to a 2009 audit by USAID’s Office of Inspector General.

”Without estimates of the scope of human trafficking to use as baselines in project locations, it is difficult to determine where interventions are most needed and would have the greatest impact,” it said, citing US Government Accountability Office reports.

(Kristin Lynch for Phnom Penh Post)

Human trafficking a reality in B.C.

In Awareness, Forced Labor, Human Trafficking, Sex Trafficking, Social Justice on February 11, 2012 at 11:15 am

A woman in Poipet, Cambodia, in November of 2011 shows some of the jewelry made through Freedom Stones, which helps survivors and people vulnerable to human trafficking. These individuals are often trafficked to work in the sex trade in brothels both within Cambodia and in neighboring Thailand.

Amanda Moore, a VIU alumni and consultant for Freedom Stones, and Brianne Labute, a VIU student in tourism management who interned for Freedom Stones, also spoke on the issue.

Freedom Stones is a non-profit organization that fights human trafficking through income generation projects, including jewelry making, to help participants obtain financial freedom, skills and empowerment.

“Human trafficking is a business, that’s why it really exists,” said Moore. “It’s the second leading business next to the arms business and drug trade. You can buy, rent and trade human beings more than one time.”

Poverty is a major contributing factor.

(Rachel Stern – Nanaimo News Bulletin)

Human Trafficking Rampant in Thailand’s Deep-Sea Fishing Industry

In Debt Bondage among Migrant Workers, Forced Labor, Human Trafficking on February 10, 2012 at 11:13 am

While a lucrative deep-sea fishing industry places Thailand among the world’s leading exporters of sea products, a grim specter of human rights abuse lurks below the surface of an industry whose contribution to the national economy is estimated to exceed $4 billion a year.

A combination of factors – including a shortage of labor in this dangerous and physically demanding industry and pressures on marginalized populations – create opportunities for unscrupulous employment brokers and traffickers to prey on those desperate for work. Trafficking of migrant men and boys from Burma, Cambodia, Laos, and within Thailand itself into the deep-sea fishing industry (DSFI) is an issue of growing concern to the governments of Thailand and neighboring countries, civil society organizations (CSOs), and the international community. A combination of economic pressures, language constraints, and lack of information on the risk of trafficking puts migrant populations at especially high risk of labor exploitation and trafficking. Human Rights Watch estimates that at least 250,000 migrants from Burma alone work in sea and land-based sectors of Thai fishing industry. Many of them are trafficked or subject to labor exploitation, while many more are at risk.

(Kim McQuay and Kate Bollinger for In Asia)

Fighting Back, One Brothel Raid at a Time

In Human Trafficking on February 5, 2012 at 5:59 pm

The three unmarked police cars ahead of us pulled up in front of the brothel, and the police and prosecutor ran in. Somaly and I followed and watched as police with assault rifles confiscated cellphones from the brothel manager, a middle-aged woman, and her male partner, so that they couldn’t call for reinforcements.We quickly found five girls and one young woman, three Cambodians and three Vietnamese. The youngest turned out to be a seventh grader trafficked from Vietnam three months earlier, making her about 12 years old.The anti-trafficking police found 10 rooms equipped with beds and full of discarded condoms in the trash; the rooms all locked with padlocks from the outside, presumably to incarcerate girls inside. Several other young girls Somaly had photographed in her earlier visit couldn’t be found, despite a frantic search of all the locked rooms. “They’re probably kept at another house in town, but we don’t know where it is,” Somaly said.Soon the mood turned ugly. The brothel-owning family had strong military connections, and the man was wearing the uniform of a senior military officer. Someone inside the brothel must have called in reinforcements, and seven armed soldiers soon arrived to order the police and prosecutor to release the military officer. The prosecutor responded with courage and integrity. He declared that the military officer would have to be taken to the police station. “If you want to stop me, you can shoot me if you dare,” he told the soldiers.The soldiers backed down, but, in the end, the army officer was not charged. The woman, who had more day-to-day involvement in managing the girls, is expected to be prosecuted, and the brothel presumably will now be out of operation. The girls were placed in a shelter run by Somaly, and they are receiving plenty of love from other girls previously extricated from sexual slavery.

(Nicholas Kristof for New York Times)

Fighting Back, One Brothel Raid at a Time

Cambodia: Srey Neth

In Awareness, Child Sex Trafficking, Forced Prostitution, Human Trafficking, Sex Trafficking on February 2, 2012 at 3:15 pm

Srey Neth is a young Cambodian victim of human trafficking. In this story she speaks of her experience transitioning from victim to survivor. At 14 she was sold by her mother to a pimp for $300; a week later he sold her virginity for the same price then he forced her to serve 10-20 men per night afterwards. Her refusal was met with beatings or electrocution. Srey Neth was later rescued by police and a non governmental organization. During her recovery, which unsurprisingly has taken more than five years, she was diagnosed with HIV.

This is not just a story about the darkness in humanity. Srey Neth is a victim who has found her voice and become a survivor; I see her as a figurative Cambodia, her home country. It is culturally permissive of human trafficking after struggling through thirty years of genocide, occupation, and civil war. From a trauma and victimization standpoint, Cambodian society is still finding the voice it needs to end the exploitation.


Somaly Mam and Yogi Cameron speak peace

In Child Sex Trafficking, Forced Prostitution, Human Trafficking, Sex Trafficking, Social Justice on January 31, 2012 at 11:37 am

(via Youtube)

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