Saturday, October 31, 2009

Cambodia's Thriving Child Prostitution Industry

October 28, 2008

Al Jazeera's investigation found underage girls working in brothel's around Phnom Penh.

Girls as young as 14 work in brothels' around Phnom Penh, the Cambodian capital, and while the industry is often shown as serving predatory foreign tourists, local men have been found to be the mainstay of clients.
Thousands of children are bought and sold for sex every day in Cambodia an investigation by Al Jazeera found.

Al Jazeera filmed secretly at several brothels, and in each case found much the same thing - rooms full of young women in their early twenties, as well as teenagers. "For my virginity they gave me $200," Ya Da, a 16-year-old former prostitute, said.

Ya Da worked in a brothel for two years before she ran away. Now, she lives in a safe house with other former prostitutes and abused children. "There were just a few foreign customers [at the brothel]," she said. "I never slept with any, I slept only with Cambodian men."

'Local customers'
Mu Sochua, a politician with the opposition Sam Rainsy Party and a former minister for women's affairs, told Al Jazeera that most of Cambodia's sex industry was supported "by local customers".

"And some of these local customers are high-ranking officials. You have the military, the police and civil servants. you have rich businessmen who have lots of money," she said. The involvement of high-ranking officials has been one reasons, NGOs say, that the sex industry has thrived in Cambodia.

"Very often these brothels and criminal networks are being supported and protected by high ranking officials," Mark Capaldi, from Ecpat International, an organization working to eliminate child prostitution, said. "The problem is not just the abusers but also the impunity and lack of law enforcement in closing down these brothels and karaoke bars."

Daniela Reale, an advisor from Save the Children, told Al Jazeera: "The reality is that we do know local demand is the force driving this abuse. "We also know it is around 70 per cent of local demand rather than sex tourism."

But General Bith Kim Hong, from the Cambodian national police force, rejected allegations that the officials focused their efforts to curb prostitution almost exclusively on foreigners. "The national police are concerned about anyone who commits a crime, who has sex with children, whether they are foreigners or Cambodian," he told Al Jazeera.

"We have a very high commitment to prevent child prostitution."

Few arrests
Last year, the Cambodian police arrested only 21 people for committing sex crimes with children - eight of those arrested were foreigners and 13 were Cambodians. The police also admit that the brothels they shut down in high-profile raids often reopen a few weeks later.

In 2002, Gary Glitter, the British pop star, was expelled from Cambodia amid child-sex allegations.

But while the arrest and conviction of foreigners make the headlines, most child sex trafficking supplies local demand, Mu Sochua said.

"It is easier to catch a foreigner and also the government wants to have showcases to make itself look good - that Cambodia is actually taking care of this problem of human trafficking, which is really not the truth," she told Al Jazeera.

Reale said that governments need to combat the worldwide problem: "They need to address their legal system and their law enforcement." To tackle the poverty that forces girls into prostitution, Reale said that governments must provide support systems to help families match their needs.

She said that the 3rd World Conference on Sexual Exploitation of Children in Rio de Janeiro next month will be as a big opportunity to make real and genuine commitments.

Adapted from: "Cambodia - Child Sex Trade Soars in Cambodia." Al Jazeera. 21 October 2008.

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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

what can you do to help end slavery?

“I’m just a student. What can *I* do to end slavery?

By notforsaletn

College Student

How Do You Wear Your Orange? When I first heard the phrase “How do you wear your orange?”, and saw photos of people on the Not For Sale Campaign (NFSC) website wearing orange bandanas, bracelets and shoelaces, I thought it was merely a cute gimmick. I should have known better. Dave Batstone, NFSC’s president, isn’t into cute gimmicks.

Over time, I realized that the physical wearing of orange represented a core value of the Not For Sale movement: Our commitment to help find the place in ending slavery that fits you and your unique skills, experience, talents, passions and sphere of influence. Here are some snapshots of ways STUDENTS can engage:

  • Athletes/ Fitness buffs can organize Free2Play events, joining pros like Major League Baseball player Jeremy Affelt in providing facilities and equipment for rescued children, enabling them to be free to play or hold a Free2Walk event, raising awareness and funds for a project of their choice.
  • Artists can express their feelings about slavery in their art, hold an exhibition or art benefit or offer prints to raise funds to help victims. “Release Me” (see photo) is an example of an artist using her gifts and passion to free slaves.
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  • Musicians can write a song about slavery, hold a benefit concert (both of which are current actions by the band 3 Minutes to Live), hold a battle of the bands, and/or sell items made by rescued slaves at their events, as artist Amy Courts does.
  • Campus ministries can go through the Not For Sale Bible Study “Set the Captives Free” and then put what they learn into action by holding a Chocolate Campaign to end child slavery on the Ivory Coast.
  • Groups of students can target specific areas of town to hang posters that lead to victim identification. A Not For Sale TN volunteer graphic designer created these eye-catching and effective tools. Write to us to arrange to pick up posters or to get a pdf file emailed to you to print your own by emailing
  • Consumers can hold a home/school party, selling items made by rescued slaves and, in the process, sharing the stories behind the items, or host a Presents with a Purpose event before a holiday, enabling people to purchase gifts that bless the creator, as well as the receiver. Items include cute tote bags, beautiful, unique jewelry, coffee and more.
  • Actors can put on a production related to human trafficking. One group created a powerful presentation using victims’ own words from the book To Plead Our Own Cause.
  • Writers can write about slavery for the school paper, highlight local trafficking and the activities of Not For Sale for local media, create a play or poetry on modern slavery, and/or write to news media sources correcting terminology in reports on the topic i.e. prostituted children, NOT child prostitutes, world’s oldest exploitation not profession, no such thing as a ‘victimless crime’ etc.
  • Anyone can
  1. Host a movie/discussion night, or other awareness and/or fundraising event. We have lots of resources and ideas to share with you.
  2. Decorate some cans/jars or boxes, label them with a bit of information about NFSTN and human trafficking, and ask store owners for permission to place one by their cash register. Offer to come by to collect donations at regular, agreed upon intervals. Send the funds to
  3. Use your social networks to inform others about slavery. Commit to post at least one fact a week on FaceBook, Twitter, your blog or MySpace, for example.
  4. Download music from Black Rebel Motorcycle Club.
  5. Ready for serious action? Start a monthly club , helping participants to become more informed and more involved. We’ll help with resources and ideas!

There are a lot of ways to physically wear orange: Shirts, purses, hats, ribbons, patches, socks and more. And there are about as many ways to become an activist in this cause as there are willing people.

We want to connect you and your passions to the movement to end slavery.

Contact us for more information about these, and other ways of becoming a modern Abolitionist, use the contact form on our website or write to:

this information is taken from the not for sale tennessee website

my 2 best girls

how cute are we??

Monday, October 26, 2009

serving opportunity to help trafficking victims

if you want to help the survivors of human trafficking in atlanta i have the perfect opportunity for you. redeemed, the organization i serve with, is currently accepting female volunteers for their emergency housing team.

Emergency Housing Volunteer Description

Volunteer Description

1. Ensure the survivors (maximum of two (2) young women at a time) keep the schedule daily. The schedule will be provided to volunteers in advance.
2. Assist in the long-term recovery home application process.
3. Provide encouragement, advice and guidance to the survivors in the home
4. Discipline in love and set boundaries
5. Transfer survivors to therapy and life skills classes (2-3 times/week)
6. Monitor the survivor if leaving the home together during your shift (survivor must stay in eyesight and close vicinity if not at the emergency home)
7. Assist in setting the alarm at night and/or in the morning
8. Monitor phone calls during supervised phone time (retrieving the phone out of the locked area and staying in the room during phone time).
9. Love the survivors with compassion and commitment.

Required Skills
Intensive training will be provided. Emergency housing volunteer must be committed to the program and those participating in it. Emergency housing volunteer must have a desire to learn and set boundaries with individuals coming through the transition home. They must also be committed to restoration and persevering in love with the young women in the home.

Atlanta, GA

Business Unit/ Manager
Volunteer Department/ Report to Emergency Housing Coordinator

Friday, October 23, 2009

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

out of pocket

i leave tomorrow night to prepare to walk the 3 day breast cancer walk in honor of my mom who is fighting this horrible disease. see you sunday!

breast cancer 3 day walk

i will be out of pocket for the next few days as i am walking the 3 day breast cancer walk in honor of my mom who is fighting this horrible disease! pray for safety and for me to successfully walk 60 MILES! in 3 days! i have a few posts lined up for you over the next few days so come back!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

potty training glory days

so today was a day that i have to document, if for nothing else bc it will encourage you that you are not alone in whatever means you have to succumb to when it comes to making sure your kid goes when she (he) has to go. {this post is rather detailed and you wont get the full effect until the very end, so hang with me}

take today for example:

bug wakes up, goes pee and immediately goes poop. wow i think, she is getting the hang of this. then i notice it is rather soft. so maybe it didnt take much effort from her, it just happened. but still, GO BUG!

on the way to school. ALMOST there and she says mommy i have to go pee and poop. ummm. we have been known to pull over many many times on GA 400 to hang her cute little butt over the grass and let her go pee right there but we were at the GA 400 and 285 intersection and well, there just isnt a lot of grass around there. plus come on we are ALMOST THERE!! so i tell her to hang on and hold it. knowing that i might be on my way to target to buy new clothes any minute.

get to school. run to the potty and she goes pee and poop again right away. more soft poop. but hey she just started pooping on the potty regularly so i am really not sure what it is supposed to look like with her since it is usually mush! TMI alert: my step son always has mushy poop, so i didnt really think anything of it. so i tell her teachers, hey she has pooped 2 times already so just FYI, if she says she has to go take her right away.

ok fast forward to lunch time. my and bug go out to eat for lunch and walk back to school. during this walk back we walk through some grass and flowers. my phone rings so i stop to set our drinks on a ledge to be able to get my phone. i turn around and she is attempting to pee pee in the mulch in the flowers. so i pick her up, hold her over the grass and we pee pee right there in broad day light.

3pm. my phone rings. ummm, bug had an accident, can you come help us clean her up. sure, i am on my way. does she needs cloths? no, her pants are fine. i get to her and she is standing there in all her glory with poop all the way down her legs, all over her tush and other parts and her sweet teacher is cleaning up the floor and toliet in the bathroom, where my bug pooped ALL over the floor. sweet girl tried to make it to the potty and had an accident. so we attempt to clean her with paper towels and wipes when finally i just stuck her in the sink and bathed her. we go to put her pants on and what do you know they are covered in poop. :-/ so we get her PJs out of the car and she wears those for the rest of the day. she is now with me bc she cant go back to school bc now she officially has diarreah.

5:25pm. stop to pick up tickets for an event tonight. bug do you need to go potty. no mommy. are you sure. yes. ok lets go. our destination is literally 5 mins away. 30 seconds later: mommy i need to go pee pee. well now i am in traffic and cant really get anywhere. she says mommy ow it hurts. so i know she is going to go soon. so i un~buckle her car seat straps, pull off her tights and underwear (which are covered in poop bc i guess she had gone again!) stick my hand in the poop, have her lift up and put her rain coat underneath her and tell her to go. she goes pee only. i soak up the big puddle with her shirt from early today that is in the bag with her poop pants. have her sit on the raincoat, buckle her back in. (all this happens while we are stopped in traffic). get to our destination and put her back in the clean underwear and PJ pants and go to dinner.

mags and pumpkins

Monday, October 19, 2009

nick and the pumpkins

nick and his pumpkins. can you tell how happy he was?

nut face :)

all of these pictures were taken within seconds of each other. she is a nut and makes me laugh every day :)

welcome ragamuffins!

hey ragamuffin community.

thanks for stopping by. if you would like to learn more about trafficking you can join us TOMORROW night for the movie playground.

"In Playground, filmmaker Libby Spears unravels the gut-wrenching atrocities that children face in America’s sex trade and trafficking industry. When she began shooting Playground, Spears initially focused on international countries but quickly found that the problem of child prostitution was disturbingly in high demand right here in our own country. Through interviews with actual victims, social workers, and even pimps and johns, Libby was able to construct and display just how massive the problem of commercial sexual exploitation of children really is in the U.S."

watch this trailer and then join us tomorrow night, oct 20 at 7:30 p.m. at the woodruff arts center in downtown atlanta.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

freezing nick

here are the kids when we first got to the pumpkin farm. nick is miserable and bug cannot wait to get going! hilarious!

Saturday, October 17, 2009

bugs big bro

how handsome is nick?

burts pumpkin patch


the organization i serve with was just featured in a local alliance newsletter as an organization "Making a Positive Change in Our Community".

Monday, October 12, 2009


Tuesday, October/20/2009, 07:30 PM

PLAYGROUND – The Documentary
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Rich Theatre
VIP Admission Seating, General Admission Seating

6:00 pm VIP Reception in Circle Room
7:30 pm "Playground" film screening
Immediately following the film, a 30 minute Q&A with panelists

In December 2006, Judge Sanford "Sammy" Jones assisted Libby Spears of Blu-print Films in the creation of a documentary film on domestic trafficking of children.

At the time he was the Chief Judge of the Fulton County Juvenile Court, the largest juvenile court in the southeast, Judge Jones had been instrumental in helping to establish the Juvenile Justice Fund, the nonprofit at the court that helps to identify and serve the special needs of those most underserved youth and family populations in its jurisdiction. CEASE, the Center to End Adolescent Sexual Exploitation, was one of the programs established through the Juvenile Justice Fund.

While Blu-print Films was gathering footage in Atlanta, Judge Jones was instrumental in giving the crew access to the people, places and cases that shone the brightest light on the problem of prostitution and sexual exploitation of girls in Atlanta. He was fully committed to the project and he himself appears in the film.

Judge Jones was taken from this world too soon when he died in a small plane crash on May 15, 2009. When word of his tragic passing traveled, the Juvenile Justice Fund was contacted by Blu-print Films and asked to host the Atlanta premiere of the recently completed documentary, Playground, in honor of Judge Jones and the shared work on this project.

In Playground, filmmaker Libby Spears unravels the gut-wrenching atrocities that children face in America’s sex trade and trafficking industry. When she began shooting Playground, Spears initially focused on international countries but quickly found that the problem of child prostitution was disturbingly in high demand right here in our own country. Through interviews with actual victims, social workers, and even pimps and johns, Libby was able to construct and display just how massive the problem of commercial sexual exploitation of children really is in the U.S.

CEASE continues to address the issue of commercial sexual exploitation of girls in the Atlanta metro area and will receive all general admissions and student ticket proceeds from this enlightening event. Proceeds from VIP Admission will benefit the Sanford “Sammy” Jones Memorial Playground that will be built and gifted to the Fulton County Juvenile Court.

VIP Admission includes reception, memorial film honoring Judge Jones, champagne toast and Playground film preferred seating (VIP tickets limited to 300 and will be sold on a first come first served basis).

Tickets: $25 General Admission. $125 VIP Admission. $15 Student Admission (w/valid ID). Discounted ticket prices are available for groups of 10 or more. Please visit or call the box office to order (404) 733-5000. Group discounts are not available for web orders.

This event is recommended for adults age 18+ years.

All orders will incur 8% sales tax added. For tickets more than $25, the handling fee is $5 per ticket, for tickets $25 and under, the handling fee will be $2.50 per ticket.

Prepaid parking (including valet parking), plus limousine service is available for the Woodruff Arts Center Parking Garage and can be added on to Internet orders. Please take note of both the date and time. Parking passes are only good for entry on or after the stated time.

The Rich Theatre is located in the Memorial Arts Building of the Woodruff Arts Center.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

how cool is this?

so ive been busy this week working so i could attend an amazing conference for church leaders! i learned so much. there will be a lot to process and you can read more about all of that here in the next few days but in the meantime. how cool is this?? i realize he is following 8,900 people BUT still come on its RICK WARREN!! yeah!

if you would like to follow me on twitter just click here. i tweet all kinds of profound stuff. like wow my bug went poop on the potty all by herself :). just kidding, i do tweet that stuff but i also try to tweet trafficking information that i think others might find helpful. see you on twitter!

Monday, October 5, 2009

Saturday, October 3, 2009

cvs actual trip :)

so i went to cvs tonight and ok i spent more than $1.50 but here is how it played out:

DEAL: dove spend $20 get $10 ebc.
$21 (for 3)
$4 manufacture coupons
$17 OOP (out of pocket)
$10 ecbs
$7 for 3 after ecbs

DEAL: revlon nail $3 ecbs
$3.99 1 bottle
$1 manufacturer coupons
$2.99 OOP
$3 ecb
FREE after ecbs

DEAL: St. Ives Facial Products spend $10 get $5 ebc
$12 for 3
$2 manufacture coupons
$10 OOP
$5 ecb
$5 for 3 after ecbs

DEAL: colgate tooth paste $2 ebcs
$2.99 for 1
$1 manufacture coupons
$1.99 OOP
$2 ecb
FREE after ecbs

DEAL: loreal hair color on sale $7.99
$15.98 for 2
$5.00 manufacture coupons
$10.98 for 2 OOP

DEAL: tooth brush on sale
$2.99 OOP

according to my receipt
spent $29.05 OOP
"saved" $42.83 {yes they mark stuff up but thats why you coupon and do ecbs!}
got $20 in ecbs

~ dont forget i had $13.50 in ecbs from an earlier trip as well as $5 off a $25 purchase.

heres the explanation for it if it helps:

dove is on sale with ecbs back. by $20 worth and get $10 ecb. i had coupons for dove so i got 2 HUGE bottles of body wash and 1 ~ 6 pack of bar soap. i paid $21 for all of these. had coupons for $4 off so thats $17 out of pocket. and i got $10 ecb. so thats $7 dollars after ecbs for all of that!

1 bottle of fun nail polish. it was $3.99 with $3 ecb back and i had a coupon for $1. so i only paid $2.99 for it and i got $3 back. so thats FREE after ecbs.

my hair color is on sale right now for only $7.99 and i had coupons one for $3 off and one for $2 off. so i got 2. i paid $10.98 for two! {if you consider i could get my hair done in a salon thats really a savings of $300+ :) }

toothpaste is one sale for $2.99 with $2 ecbs back. i had a coupon for $1. i got it for free after ecbs.

tooth brushes are on sale and i really needed one :) $2.99 (no deals on this except it was on sale)

st ives facial scrub has a deal right now if you spend $10 you get $5 ecb. i had 2 coupons worth $2 so i got 3 of them for $5 after you add the ecbs.

Friday, October 2, 2009


fun with photobooth :) me, nicky and bug.


another reason it "pays" to be an extra care bucker :) just for using my card and getting my meds there i get $6.50 free money. AND i get a $5.00 off any $25.00. i know i know. that means you have to spend $25.00. well yes but not really.......the way it works at cvs is you ring up all the purchases FIRST! then you give them the $5.00 off. then you give them all the manufacturer coupons you have, which you should have for every item you are buying (or dont buy it), THEN you give them the extra care bucks you have from previous trips. right now i have about $7.00.

so with the above i could get "$25.00" worth of stuff for probably nothing. {again this is just a pretend trip but its pretty realistic}

$5.00 (above coupon)
$5.00 (manufacturer coupons)
$7.00 (ecbs from earlier trip)
$6.50 (ecbs for the quarter shown in the pic above)
$1.50 total out of pocket

i will probably get more ecbs bc i always do :) so really they paid me this trip :)

toy story 1 & 2

this is coming soon and to get us all ready for it they are showing a double feature of toy story 1 & 2 for 2 weeks in 3D!! we are going this saturday at 10am. are you going?