Paul Broadhead via Crowdrise
July 20, 2012
BENEFITING: Somaly Mam Foundation
EVENT DATE: Jul 22, 2012
On Sunday 22nd July 2012, I shall run 10K in the BUPA Great North 10K Run. It will be the longest distance I have ever run and it will no doubt cause me a great deal of pain. However, it is nothing compared to the amount of pain that women of all ages and races are put through throughout the world as a result of sex trafficking.
In 2011 I visited Cambodia and came across a book by Somaly Mam entitled The Road Of Lost Innocence. It was the most heartbreaking and upsetting book I have ever read. It was also incredibly inspiring and moving. Somaly was sold into sexual slavery as a young girl and repeatedly raped, beaten and abused. After years of living a torturous existence, she escaped to set up the Somaly Mam Foundation.
Human trafficking, a multi-billion dollar industry, is the fastest growing criminal enterprise in the world. With over two million women and children sold into sexual slavery each year, it is a global crisis that must be stopped. More resources are critically needed to support the rescue and rehabilitation of these young victims.
Co-founded by sexual slavery survivor, Somaly Mam, the Foundation works to eradicate human trafficking, liberate its victims, and empower survivors so they can create and sustain lives of dignity. The Foundation supports survivor rescue, shelter, and rehabilitation programs in Southeast Asia, where the trafficking of women and girls, some as young as five, is widespread.
The Somaly Mam Foundation also runs awareness and advocacy campaigns that shed light on the crime of human trafficking, spotlight its brave survivors of living examples of change, and focus on getting the public and governments involved in the fight to abolish modern day slavery.
Our Vision: A world where women and children are safe from slavery.
Our Mission: To give victims and survivors a voice in their lives, liberate victims, end slavery, and empower survivors as they create and sustain lives of dignity.
Although I don't expect to be able to contribute much through this run, I do believe that every penny that you are able to give is a penny towards a better life for girls and women across the world who are the victims of this modern day atrocity. This is real, this is happening right now. Please sponsor me and help put an end to it.