Where to find help

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Your wish is our command! We have compiled a list of organisations  both inside and outside of Thailand that are armed with resources and information to help fight against sex trafficking.  If you are a victim of commercial sexual exploitation and/or sex trafficking and happen to be reading this because you are desperate for a breakthrough or a helping hand, read on because these organisations are your friends!  Or if you happen to see or know of any cases of sex trafficking or coercion while travelling in Thailand, please help and report by considering these contacts:

Thailand

NightLight International Organisation- Bangkok
Objective: To reach out to, rescue and restore all those whoa re negatively impacted by sex trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation.
PO Box 1414 Nana Post Office Bangkok, Thailand 10112
Email: bkk@nightlightinternational.com
http://www.nightlightinternational.com/

Empower foundation-  Education Means Protections of Women Engaged in Recreation
Objective: Advocates for the human rights and fair recognition of sex workers as active citizens involved in every sector of Thailand: politics, the economy, and the environment. They also support anti-trafficking legislationand seek to combat it, but make a clear distinction between those who are forced into prostitution and those who chose the work.
Phone: 02 526 8311
Address: 57/60 Tivanond Rd Nonthaburi 1100
http://www.empowerfoundation.org/

SWING Thailand- Service workers in group foundation
Objective: Provide civil protection, access to health services and social welfare as well as create opportunities for educational opportunities to improve the quality of life of sex workers, past and present.
Phone: 02 632 9501
Address: 5th Floor 3 Patpong Rd Silom Bangokok 10500
http://www.swingthailand.org/

Australia

Anti-slavery Australia
Objective: Specialist legal research and policy centre focussed on achieving the abolition of slavery and trafficking  and helping victims with legal aid
Phone: 02 9514 9660
Email: antislavery@uts.edu.au
http://www.antislavery.org.au/

A21- Australia
Objective: Raise awareness and prevent trafficking in local communities through education and raising funds to see victims rescued and restored
PO Box 7820 Baulkham Hills BC NSW 2163
Tel: 02 9680 2121
http://www.a21.org/

International Justice Mission- Australia
Objective: identify and rescue victims of slavery by partnering with local authorities and advocates for a stronger justice system against trafficking.
Address: Suite 502/10 Help Street, Chatswood NSW 2067
Phone: 1300 045 669
Email: contact@ijm.org.au
http://www.ijm.org.au/

International

CATW Coalition Against Trafficking in Women
Objective: to end human trafficking in our life time
PO Box 7160 JAF Station New York NY 10116 USA
Phone: 212-643-9895
http://www.catwinternational.org/

UNODC- United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
Objective: As part of the United Nations entity focussed on combatting human trafficking and the smuggling of migrants
UNODC  P.O. Box 500  1400 Vienna  Austria
Phone:  (+43-1) 26060-5687
Email: htmss@unodc.org
https://www.unodc.org/unodc/human-trafficking/

…And of course there are always the emergency or federal police departments at your discretion so please when travelling to Thailand be aware and on the look out. A sex trafficking victim may be standing next to you or within your proximity trying to escape without help- be their helping hand.

Be aware. Serve the Right. Join the movement today.
#BreakTheTraffik

JV

Thank you for your support; Sex Trafficking Awareness Day

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26 October 2015

Today we successfully brought attention to the silent victims that have been forgotten, gone unnoticed and continue to be sexually exploited. Thank you for your attention and engagement. Thank you to each and everyone of the 125+ people who clicked ‘join’ to show that you care and want an end to the slavery. A massive thank you to those who took the initiative and time out of your day to take a picture and post it on our feeds to elevate the support. We are loving the pictures and comments! It really gives us great joy to see you join the movement with us against slavery, to justice and equality and to ultimately end sex trafficking. Thank you!

#BreakTheTraffik #BeTheirVoice

JV

Questions to ask if you suspect trafficking is occurring near you

Screening questions:

  1. Is this person free to leave the work site?
  2. Is the person physically, sexually or psychologically abused?
  3. Does the person have a passport or valid I.D. card and is he/she in possession of such documents?
  4. What is the pay and conditions of employment?
  5. Does the person live at home or at/ near the work site?
  6. How did the individual arrive to this destination if the suspected victim is a foreign national?
  7. Has the person or a family member of this person been threatened?
  8. Does the person fear that something bad will happen to him or her, or to a family member, if he/she leaves the job?

Remember anyone can report suspected trafficking cases. Contact your nearest police, law enforcement agency and crime stoppers to report such cases.

Be aware. Serve the Right. Join the movement today.

 #BreakTheTraffik

JV

How You Can help: Tips for recognising victims of sex trafficking

Tip 1: Sex trafficking victims are often found on the streets or working in establishments that offer commercialised sex acts, i.e. brothels, strip clubs, pornography production houses.

Such establishments may operate under the guise of:

  • Massage parlours
  • Escort services
  • Adult bookstores
  • Modelling studios
  • Bars/strips clubs

Tip 2: Visible indicators of sexual exploitation

  • Heavy security at the commercial establishment including barred windows, locked doors, isolated location, electronic surveillance. Women are never seen leaving the premises unless escorted
  • Victims live and sleep at the same premises as the brothel or work site. If they are in transit to location or in between quarters it is usually under a watchful eyes and wings of a guard.
  • Signs of substance abuse or misuse
  • High foot traffic especially for brothels where there may be trafficked women indicated often by large streams of men arriving and leaving the premises.

Tip 3: Profile of a Trafficking Victim

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Introducing stories: The survivors and the victims

Within the next week we will putting face to the stories. We will be introducing to you four compelling stories of four different females who have fallen into sex trafficking in Asia- 2 of which are from Thailand.

Mrs. B, Karen, Roshni & Memey. Remember these names because their stories will come alive. It is suppose to be shocking and controversial but the more people that know, the more we can start the movement towards the prosecution of traffickers and the protection of trafficked.
‪#‎BreakTheTraffik‬

Remember to visit our ‘Stories’ tab in the menu and Stay tuned!

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Be aware. Serve the Right. Join the movement today.

JV

The Statistics

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The sex trafficking industry made almost $28bn in illicit net profits which is much more than that of renowned brands Microsoft and Nike. Of that $28bn, Thailand takes a $6.4bn chunk worth roughly 10% of their country’s GDP.

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29.8M victims have fallen to human trafficking in the world. Today, there is an estimated 1.5 million sex slaves in the world, about half of them are trapped in Asia with most of them being based in Thailand. 66% of those sex trafficked in Thailand are women and another 12% are girls. For most of these female victims, trafficking isn’t their greatest trauma- having to endure sexual abuse and neglect is.

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Thailand is the main source and receiving country in the Mekong Delta region: Cambodia, Lao, Vietnam, Burma. Within Thailand itself, most of the commercialised sex activity comes from tourist cities of Bangkok, Pattaya and Phuket.  In the 2014 latest Trafficking in Persons report, Thailand reported to convict only 225 traffickers under its 2008 anti- trafficking law enforcements which remans insufficient compared to the size of the trafficking problem in Thailand.

[S]ex trafficking and mass rape should no more be seen as women’s issues than slavery was a black issue or the Holocaust was a Jewish issue. These are all humanitarian concerns, transcending any one race, gender, or creed.” ― Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn

Be aware. Serve the Right. Join the movement today.
#BreakTheTraffik

JV