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The Cruelty of Human Trafficking

Our work to prevent human trafficking.

Samaritan’s Purse is working to save people from the unspeakable cruelty of human trafficking.

Fishing Boat Slavery – Sok Ra’s Story

Because of the abject poverty of his family in Cambodia, at just 15 years old, Sok Ra (pictured above) was duped into working as a slave on a Thai fishing industry boat for 7 years before managing to escape.

Whilst on the boat, he was injected with drugs to keep him working up to 20 hours a day, given just enough food to keep him alive and endured frequent beatings that resulted in brain injuries.

Now 22, he is so traumatised that he just lies on the floor of his mother’s house, dependent on her care. Sok Ra told his mother he was grateful to God that he had survived, as he had seen some of his co-workers thrown into the sea when they were no longer of any use.

Little by little, Sok Ra’s mental health is improving.

Every year, hundreds of thousands of Cambodians cross into Thailand in search of work, many of them illegally, making themselves vulnerable to being duped by human traffickers or unscrupulous employers.

Our Trafficking Prevention program reached close to 50,000 people last year – a pitifully small number considering the magnitude of the problem. With your help, we want to expand this program and greatly increase its reach and impact.

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Vietnamese girls trafficked to be brides for Chinese men 

The Vietnam Human Rights Network uncovered an advertisement in China advertising Vietnamese brides for Chinese men.

In this heinous, illegal industry, Vietnamese girls as young as 14 are being trafficked. They may be beaten, resold to other men or even farmed out to brothels. These crimes are fuelled by the one child policy in China, which has resulted in a population shortage of 18 million girls and women from age 20 to 45 years.

Millions of Chinese men are looking for wives and are willing to pay for them. It is estimated that by the year 2020, the shortage of Chinese girls will have almost doubled.

In Vietnam, our hope is to work with students and community leaders – including church cell group leaders, police and union officials – to provide the tools they need to be able to effectively communicate the dangers of trafficking girls and women as brides.

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Samaritan’s Purse is working to prevent human trafficking. Please partner with us to stop these and other human rights abuses and to protect and enhance the lives of vulnerable people in these and other impoverished countries where we work.