Creative Colorado woman plans shoe drive to stomp
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A shoe drive in Colorado to stop sexual slavery in Cambodia? Your old shoes can make a difference.
Click here for a Facebook link about the shoe drive in Colorado for August 14, 2011.
If you or your organization want to sponsor a shoe drive to adopt Phalla through
Transitions Global, contact Pam Harvey at 303-668-4463 or pam.harvey@transitionsglobal .
Creative Colorado woman plans shoe drive to stomp out sexual slavery in Cambodia
Posted: 2/8/2011 | Author: Tracy Greenhalgh - examiner.com
Like thousands of young girls in Cambodia, sixteen-year-old Phalla (fa-la) became a victim of human trafficking as a sex slave in Phnom Penh when she was just fourteen-years-old. It wasn’t by choice; it was because her step-mother sold her twice to pay-off her own gambling debts after Phalla’s father left the family. During their captivity, girls like Phalla service 10-20 customers each day.
Approximately 600,000-800,000 victims are trafficked worldwide every year, and a high percentage of them are children. These victims are subjected to force, fraud, or coercion, for the purpose of sexual exploitation or forced labor.
According to INTERPOL, after drug dealing, trafficking of humans is tied with arms dealing as the second largest criminal industry in the world, and is the fastest growing.
Phalla collected the courage to run away and find her estranged father, then he told Phalla’s brother, who finally summoned the Cambodian police. Her Cinderella-like outcome places Phalla into a new story: now safe and thriving as she’s joined other rescued girls at the Transitions Global living center. She says she wants to become a nurse to help people.
Pam Harvey, Denver’s representative for Transitions Global, a recognized international anti-human trafficking organization, says that one by one, we can make a dent in this epidemic, and she’s convinced that “Change has to come largely through the women in the third-world countries affected.”
James Pond, International Director of Transitions Global, estimates that there are between 50,000-60,000 young girls, sadly many as young as eight-years-old, held as prostitutes in Cambodia. READ MORE
There will be an abundance of information, and free snacks as well! Donate your used shoes to help raise money to fight trafficking. A prize will be awarded to the person who donates the most pairs of used shoes.
Bring your friends, bring your shoes and join us on Saturday, September 17, 2011 from 6:00 pm -8:00 pm at the Vineyard Church of the Rockies, 1201 Riverside Ave, Fort Collins, CO 80521.
Transitions Global is a stand-out among human trafficking restoration groups because it has the highest success rate, at 79%. Their tagline reads: “Rescue is not an event, it’s a process.”
Harvey cites Transitions Global’s holistic philosophy of restoration, with an emphasis on a strong, transitional aftercare program of mentoring and communication for the long-haul as the reason.
Besides receiving girls from rescue organizations in Cambodia, Transitions Global also helps girls out of sexual slavery in Greece, India, Indonesia and even the U.S.
Harvey says when a girl comes to Transitions Global, she receives housing, clothing and food, but “She also gets a real education and skills for a career, so she can build a solid future.” GO TO TRANSITIONS GLOBAL WEBSITE
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Pakistan's largest human trafficking problem, according to the report, is that of bonded labour. Concentrated in Sindh and Punjab provinces, it is particularly common in brick kilns, carpet-making, agriculture, fishing, mining, leather tanning, and production of glass bangles. Estimates of victims of bonded labour vary widely, but together with those in forced marriages and women who are traded between tribal groups to settle disputes or as payment, are likely to exceed one million, it said.
Apart from paying debts, parents also sell, or attempt to sell, children for other reasons.
In the southern Punjab town of Vehari, Ghazala Bibi, once stood at a city square for over seven hours, seeking “buyers” for her three children, Mahnoor, aged nine, Abdullah, seven, and Masooma, four. “My husband is a drug addict and I can no longer manage to feed my children,” Ghazala, a domestic worker, said.
She said that by selling them, she hoped they would gain a better life. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE