Saturday, October 2, 2010

Somaly Mam Foundation saves victims of child sex trafficking

This former child sex slave has set up shelters and saved over 6000 from the sex trade. She had been locked in a cage as a child and let out to service 20 to 30 clients per day. She lost track of day and night in her basement prison. Not all of these victims reside overseas. We must open our hearts and our eyes to the abuse of our fellow men/women/children. Turning a blind eye to modern slavery cannot be a good act. If you can find it in your heart to donate, her charity would be a good place to start. Somaly Mam Foundation were featured on Fox and Friends this morning.
Here is an interview she gave at UCLA about a year ago:
And this video describes the conditions of the girls and children:

11 comments:

LL said...

I understand that the problem in Southeast Asia is severe.

The problem in Latin America and Mexico is the same. The situation on the US/Mexico border (on the Mexico side) works like this:

(1) Parents sell the female children in Central America or rural Mexico to traffickers who promise to give the girls jobs as maids/domestics or in factories.

(2) The girls are brought to large cities like Mexico City, Guadalajara, Tijuana, etc. They are usually raped by somebody in a police uniform at the outset.

(Note: They can't go 'home', they can't go to the police -- so they feel forlorn)

(3) They're sold - usually for about US$200. Sometimes less if they're ugly. Up to US$300 if they're very pretty.

In Mexico,"regular" people can buy the girls from the traffickers and put them to work as domestics if they want to. They don't have to pay them beyond the original expense of 2,000 pesos but they do have to feed them. The girls don't all end up as whores - but the vast majority do.

They work as whores until they're not able to bring the price of sex. Then they're cut loose. Usually by that time they're insane.

The British had an interesting experience and a shock when they found that sort of human trafficking going on inside the UK. (google OPERATION PENTAMETER and OPERATION PENTAMETER 2)

Opus #6 said...

LL, The level of violence in Mexico must make it difficult and dangerous to create shelters for these victims. I imagine that there is danger in Southeast Asia as well. Somaly Mam is one brave lady.

Joe said...

Somaly Mam is incredibly brave. Her book is called "The Road of Lost Innocence, The True Story of a Cambodian Heroine" The situation in Cambodia is DIRE! With nearly half of the 14 million people under twenty years of age and a lot of orphans, it is ripe for the criminal element.

Somaly's youth was short lived, she never knew her parents. She was left with her grandmother who too abandoned her.

In her book Somaly describes the brothels and the treatment of the girls. As a child she was raped, beaten and tortured (she endured 10 years of this) she watched as the pimps would come raging into their sleeping area and shoot a little girl at point blank range for being "uncooperative"

She describes how the girls limp little body would be tossed into a rice sack and thrown either in the sewer OR the dump. She describes her feelings when she say's "we were garbage in life and garbage in death"

NOW (as she describes in her book) things have gotten much worse. They find girls with nails hammered into their heads, burned, electrocuted, eyes missing, infections from forced abortions...need I go on?

Many girls are simply discarded into the street when they no longer can attract customers. There they wander alone (unable to return home) broken and incurring further abuse until AIDS claims their lif
e--many at the ripe old age of 15. They die with no voice, no recourse, no warmth in their life. This is who Somaly is helping.

In her book Somaly describes a girl who was wandering the streets after having her childhood raped away. She was sick and frail and had trauma from the rocks that some of the locals were throwing at her. Somaly told the cab driver to stop and she jumped out and took the girl in her arms, hugging her as she led her to the cab and...read her book to hear the rest. If knowing about little girls in this type of situation is unacceptable to you, then please visit her web sites. AFESIP.ORG. and. SOMALY.ORG both are hers and there is extensive info on the programs offered to the girls who are rescued.
And if you have not read her book then please do, she poured her life out in those pages--please take time to get to know her. It will change you!

madmath1 said...

Egads! How much evil there is in the world! Anyone find it suspicous that NOW, the so call champion for women's rights, are so silent about this evil, perverse and inhumane trade? If there ever was a cause to epitimize their charter for them, this would be it, but yet not a peep. Perhaps they're thinking of the profits to be made for the abortions they can perform for those slaves here in the states. Yes, it's going on here in the US as well. They just busted a major ring here, in Sacramento the capital of California, just a month ago rescuing 19 "women" (I use the word in quotes since they were mostly minors, one started when she was 7 years old and she was 14 when she was rescued. 14! My daughter is 14!). We tend to think this kind of evil perversion is something that goes on "over there" that we're too advanced and civilized to be engaged in such activities, but sadly, things are getting as bad here as well. Yet all the feminists don't even say a peep. My guess is they either want to profit from it from abortions, which doesn't shock me and show how evil their stance on abortion really is, or they're too timid to go after real evil criminals which demonstrate their true cowardliness. Had it not been for this foundation, I never would had learned how bad this is nor it's going on right under our noses.

My daughter is 14 and I can't help but think the only reason it's not her being used as rented meat is simply luck of the draw. She was born in the states to parents that truly care about her and not profits or so poor that they don't see another way out, or just plain we didn't die and give her no other means of support. Heck, I should be grateful she wasn't just plain kidnapped and sold (anyone see Taken? She has depsite her mother's objection). Unlike those hyprocrites at NOW, she's wants to profess her faith with works in fighting against this perverse evil and for that, dispite the difference my ex and I have, can be proud that she's willing to take a stand against this. That's more than I can about the feminist, or should I call them what they are: feminazis.

Opus #6 said...

Joe, thank you for telling more about Somaly Mam. She takes her pain and horror and turns it into good works and healing. This is precisely the kind of work that any organization who claims to want to help the needy and downtrodden should be involved in.

Opus #6 said...

Madmath, NOW, being a fully leftist organization, only cares about wrongs perpetrated by conservatives. If anybody else is involved, forget it. I get sad when I think about the plight of these girls. I am glad to hear that there is an organization that is helping them. We should have shelters and schools for these girls in America as well. They deserve a better life.

Trestin said...

I'm glad you posted this. Human trafficking does not receive near the attention it deserves.

WoFat said...

Child abuse is about as bad as it gets.

I used to run the Child Abuse Unit for the New Orleans P.D. and found that Cild Abuse detectives, the ones who can stick it out, are a special class of cop. They are as good as it gets.

jadedfellow said...

I wish I could write something, but I am puking my guts out for the ones who can't write home.

What the hell is going on in this world?

Opus #6 said...

Jaded, sorry to mention this ugly stuff, but as they say,

"the only thing necessary for evil to flourish is for good men to do nothing."

We must face the ugly evil in the world in order to defeat it.

jadedfellow said...

Dearest Opus,

Don't be sorry for the good works you are doing.

Real Moms and Dads cry out for the children.

I just git emotional about them all.