Thoughts

Commercial Exploitation of Children & Trafficking – What’s the Difference?

  • September 20, 2018

Commercial sexual exploitation of children and trafficking are different offenses. Recognizing the difference can be critical to ensuring child victims get the help they need. This week, we have a guest post by attorney, Peter Janci, sharing his expertise on the subject. According to a 2012 United Nations study, a third of human trafficking victims are children, with many of.

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Thoughts

Strengthening Families is Better Prevention Than Orphanages

  • September 13, 2018

Strengthening families and the communities in which they live is a better form of prevention than sending children to live in orphanages due to poverty. Did you know that a large proportion of children living in orphanages still have at least one living parent? The exact number is unknown, but may be up to 4 out of 5 children in.

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Thoughts

Parenting: The Effect on Resilience Against Trafficking

  • September 6, 2018

Parenting has deeper effects on people than we are even sometimes aware–so deep it might play a key role in building resilience, which can protect kids from the threat of trafficking. When I became pregnant (almost 6 years ago now), my response to impending parenthood was to do research–lots of it. I read articles and books on all aspects of.

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News

Education Unlocking Doors to the Future

  • August 30, 2018

We know from experience talking with survivors of trafficking that poverty and lack of education are key factors that render people vulnerable. Without enough money to live on, people resort to the lucrative sex trade. Without education, it becomes even less likely people can earn an income to live on. This is why access to education was the first problem.

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Thoughts

Community-Led Social Justice

  • August 23, 2018

6 Benefits of Grassroots Efforts & Mobilization In our decade of experience with building a grassroots organization, we have witnessed changes in the local community, where people become more active and engaged, more confident in their own voice, and more invested in communal outcomes. It has been exciting to see, and has helped crystallize the benefits of building change from.

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Interviews

Tawee Donchai

  • August 16, 2018

Our Thailand Director, Tawee Donchai, has been a key figure in the development of The Freedom Story. He has been with us since The SOLD Project was just an idea for a documentary. He has helped shape its beginning as a non-profit organization, and has been instrumental in helping to define the organization’s character and relationship with the local communities.

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Thoughts

Moral Debt: Cultural Factors That Perpetuate Trafficking

  • August 9, 2018

One cultural difference that Westerners often have trouble understanding about Thai culture (and many other East and South Eastern cultures) is the notion of a moral debt that children owe to their parents and families. The words Westerners use, like debt or obligation, while correct, have negative connotations, and thus don’t effectively capture the essence of the concept on a fundamental.

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News

News From July

  • August 2, 2018

The news about trafficking from the past month has been remarkably slow. One major development occurred, however: the discovery and arrest of a major trafficking ring in Thailand. Twenty-three traffickers were arrested in a major crackdown by Thai police. In their operation, they uncovered major trafficking routes from Myanmar through Thailand to Malaysia. The traffickers would smuggle people from Koh.

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Thoughts

The Importance of Social Embeddedness

  • July 26, 2018

“Social scientists often use the term social capital to describe social connectedness–that is, informal ties to family, friends, neighbors, and acquaintances; involvement in civic associations, religious institutions, athletic teams, volunteer activities; and so on. Social capital has repeatedly been shown to be a strong predictor of well-being both for individuals and for communities.” – Robert Putnam In renowned social scientist Robert.

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News

Learning Rights & Safety Online

  • July 19, 2018

Our staff recently held a day-long workshop for students, aged 8-22, teaching them about their rights and how to stay safe from sexual predators online. Morning Session: Rights & Responsibility Kids from all over came to the event–including a lot of kids who don’t normally come to the resource center. After a small icebreaker activity, a representative from ECPAT, with.

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