We believe children should be in schools, not brothels.
Sina was just 13 years old when she was trafficked. She was kept in a large cupboard in a nice hotel and brought out when men paid to have sex with her. One day a customer complained that she didn’t smile while he had sex with her. So she was stripped naked and locked in a coffin for 2 days with biting ants, “the only thing that stopped the ants going in my eyes, were my tears” she said. From then on Sina smiled each time a customer raped her.
6 years ago our CEO, Nicky Mih, spent a month with Sina and 200 survivors of sex trafficking in Cambodia. She asked them what they wanted and how we could help. They wanted to end sex trafficking. They explained that when girls are rescued from brothels the traffickers don’t go without girls, they just go out into the rural villages and take a new young girl. They wanted these girls to be protected.
Not one of the girls Nicky met had been in school when they were trafficked. They believed that if they were in school they wouldn’t have been trafficked. If they were in school they would have been safe.
So we identify girls at high risk of being targeted by traffickers, get her a uniform and a bike, fill a bag with books and pens, and visit her regularly to keep her in school and keep her safe. We equip with an education to prevent sex trafficking.
Rery was 8 years old when we found her. Her and grandma lived outside on a wooden bed wrapped in plastic. They got wet every time it rained. The first time we met Rery she told us, “I sometimes borrow a neighbour’s bike and cycle to the school. I stand outside the gate looking in at the children learning in the classroom and I hope that one day maybe I too can sit inside the classroom.”
We enrolled Rery in school, got her some uniforms and shoes, a bicycle and a bag full of books and pens and we visit her every month to ensure she stays safe. And we built Rery and grandma a small house of their own. Rery loves school and is thriving.
We are a professional organisation with high standards and a focus on quality and results.
We work in 44 different rural villages. Over 6 years we have raised $700,000 and with that we have kept 700 girls safe from being trafficked, we have 5,000 library books being read, and have provided access to safe drinking water and a veggie garden to every girl on our program and have built 10 houses.
If like us you believe children should be in schools, not brothels, we invite you to join us.