“They told me they could help me to find a job, and my family was poor and needed food. The job turned out to be in a brothel. I was forced to take 20 to 30 clients a day, and was denied food or tortured if I refused or asked for a break. The money went straight back to the brothel owner, to pay off my ‘debt’ for room and board. They threatened to find me and kill me if I left.”
This is slavery and it needs to end now.
Human trafficking is considered the world’s second largest, fastest growing organized crime. The Not For Sale campaign estimates up to 30 million people toiling as modern slaves around the globe, with an estimated 2 million women and children sold every year. Profits from human trafficking business are as high as $32 billion annually.
The Somaly Mam Foundation (SMF) is working to end these atrocities through direct services for victims, survivor-driven advocacy, strategic multidisciplinary partnerships, and mass media and online platforms. Somaly Mam, a survivor and present-day activist, speaks at conferences, summits, and universities worldwide to share her story and address her solution: empowering survivors as the next generation of change-makers. Somaly has aided tens of thousands of women and children in knowing their rights and escaping their plight, and has been recognized as a global leader for her work. For more information on Somaly Mam, click here.
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