BENEFITING: Somaly Mam Foundation
Every so often we as humans come across a reality so heartbreaking we have no choice but to get involved.
For the three of us, Gesche, Jackie, Margot - the girls who live at 50 Grand Street (50G), reality kicked in after reading the heart-wrenching autobiography of human trafficking survivor Somaly Mam. As a young girl, Somaly suffered years of abuse in the hands of human traffickers in Cambodia. She was sold into a brothel by the closest thing she had to a “grandfather” who himself physically and psychologically abused her. Her story is one of tragedy, courage, and ultimately triumph. With her admirable strength she has now inspired us to take action.
The FBI estimates that human trafficking pulls in $10 billion of annual revenue, making it the third largest criminal industry in the world, surpassed only by the trade of illegal arms and drugs. The Council of Europe states that “people trafficking has reached epidemic proportions over the past decade”. Every year, over two million women and children are sold into slavery and this number will continue to grow unless people like you and I take action.