Here are some short reflection from the youth after attending the “be their voice” dinner in Seattle – April 18, 2010!
A few years ago when I first learned about human trafficking, I was disgusted. I was shocked at the world. Why? Why would people stoop so low as to sell their kids as young as 4 or 5 for sex? And what do they get in return? Money. This green piece of nothing. It means nothing. It has no value. Yet it is worth more than a human life. It’s egregious.
When I heard that One Body Village was our CSP this year, I was beyond excited. I was ecstatic. Finally, I could do something to help. This past year, all I did was try to grasp the concept of human trafficking. I tried to understand why people even started this system.
When I saw the video in Anh Loc’s presentation, I wanted to cry. I wanted to jump into that video and save those kids. I wanted to take action. In a way, I was willing to give up my life for theirs. Not saying I wanted to be in their position, but I just really wanted to protect them from that kind of lifestyle, even if it meant making me live their life. But I couldn’t. The project was to raise money and raise awareness.
I guess you could say I “used” my key club to advertise One Body Village. We had a whole meeting dedicated to making posters, flyers, and discussions all revolving around human trafficking. It felt amazing. Although I couldn’t directly help these kids, I was spreading the word. I told someone, and it started a chain reaction. This massive spread will eventually reach enough people to create a change. Although we didn’t make a lot of money, I felt that spreading awareness was more important.
In fact, my friend liked our project so much that she made One Body Village into her CBA. I’m currently working with her to make more sex shirts to sell and raise $$. (:
Trang D., Seattle, WA
“Children sex slavery has been going on for a while now, but the awareness dinner that Cha Ba Thong talked for is still relevant and powerful today. It still brings up uneasy feelings to those listening and we may feel so many emotions that can drive us to do something about it. The issue is of high importance and urgency and we must stop sex slavery indefinitely. These people are only children and they are of our own ethnicity. At the dinner, there were many Vietnamese youth who were passionate about the issue and just with their sheer numbers, they made an impact. The Vietnamese youth are the future of our community and it was a very inspiring event that will lead to the prevention of children sex slavery and the improvement of human life”
Henry V., Seattle, WA
What I learned over the past two years was something I never knew existed. I never even knew what human trafficking was. You only know things that you see on television, things that are constantly in your face. Over the past few years, human trafficking has received some mainstream media exposure. More specifically, Cha Thong’s work in Cambodia and stories of the Vietnamese girls sold into sex slavery has come to the attention of many Vietnamese communities. What I learned was that there is more than what meets the eye. There are many places around the world that isn’t like the U.S.; you wouldn’t really see families selling off their 5-6 year old children here. Poverty in the U.S. is nothing compared to what people in Cambodia and Viet Nam have to face. Cha Thong wants to change this. He has been to some of these brothels and has seen what someone should never have to face. He is trying to help those children… help the children before their faith in humanity is completely lost. And we can help too. We can pray for these children. We can ‘Be Their Voice’ for them.
Teresa H., Seattle, WA