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Joy and Lament


Posted by on 10 October 2013


Joy and Lament

Our apologies to those who follow us on Facebook.  For those non Facebook users, we wanted to ensure you received the news relating to our most recent operation.

On the 1st of October we invited you to celebrate with us in the successful rescue of 28 women and children from a brothel in southern Thailand. However the following week we learned that after the interviews of all 28 women and children, ultimately only 4 were identified as victims of sex trafficking. This included the two virgin girls who had only just arrived and two other 14-year-old girls who had been there less than a week and who had been sold twice.

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An Invitation to Lament


Posted by on 1 October 2013


An Invitation to Lament,

Last week we invited you to celebrate with us in the successful rescue of 28 women and children from a brothel in southern Thailand. This week we learned that following the interviews of all 28 women and children, ultimately only 4 were identified as victims of sex trafficking. This included the two virgin girls who had only just arrived and two other 14-year-old girls who had been there less than a week and who had been sold twice. 

For the remaining 24 women, the word “fear” does not do justice to communicate why they were unwilling to tell the truth about their situation to the authorities. Fear of the traffickers, fear of the repercussions for their families, fear of the authorities and perhaps the most insidious, fear that this is now all they are good for. 

As the saying goes, it is sometimes easier to get the girl out of the brothel, than to get the brothel out of the girl. Those introduced to the values of the global sex industry through the path of sex trafficking, are typically broken in body, mind, heart and soul. 

The 4 victims of sex trafficking have been transferred to an aftercare shelter in the north where they will receive all of the necessary care they require. They may also participate in the prosecution of the trafficker and brothel owner at a later date, along with our investigators. 

The remaining 24 women will not be charged with prostitution related offending as per our agreement with local authorities. However because they are illegal aliens without the necessary visas, in the coming days they will be returned to Myanmar. Once home they will have the opportunity to decide whether to remain with their families or return to the world of the brothel. At the very least, they now have the opportunity to choose their path from here.

I am ashamed to say that I hesitated to share this news when I first heard it. The Hollywood definition of “success” is so much more attractive and appealing than the truth. However if you are to in anyway walk this journey of abolition and freedom with us, you must know the truth and be invited to share in our sorrow as well as our joy. 

In the painfully honest book of Ecclesiastes, the wise author writes that there is a time to celebrate and to dance, and there is also a time to mourn and to weep. We invite you to celebrate over the four girls for whom life will never be the same. And we invite you to lament with us over the 24 women for whom fear remains a very powerful adversary and whose futures remain anything but certain. 

 

✎ Daniel Walker

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