The earth looks beautiful from a satellite, doesn’t it? Zoom in and see the evil of slavery hiding in the shadows. The UN estimates that up to 2 million women and children are victimized by traffickers each year. In Thailand, NightLight is doing something about it. According to NightLight’s website, “Thailand is a source, destination and transit country for trafficking in persons according to the 2014 report by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of International Labor Affairs. In fact, in this report, Thailand was downgraded to the lowest rank possible (Tier 3) in terms of their efforts to combat human trafficking. Fueled by a growing demand, countless women and children from around the world are victimized by gender inequality, poverty and cultural obligations. They are sold or pressured into prostitution and trafficked in and out of Bangkok to sustain an increasingly global network.”
The problem seems so insurmountable that it’s easy to shake your head and move on the next blog post. PLEASE DON’T! You CAN make a difference!
Join me as I support NightLight’s goal of selling 1000 earrings this Christmas season. Every time you sponsor one or more gifts (and it doesn’t cost much!), NightLight’s Bangkok Field Team will give a pair of earrings to one woman still working in the red-light district this holiday season. In addition to earrings, they will include other small trinkets and treats, and a card telling her she is beautiful and loved. NightLight’s goal is to hand out these Christmas messages of love to at least 1000 women still working in the bars, clubs, streets and trafficking areas of Bangkok this holiday season. And guess what? These earrings are made by women who have been rescued from this life of sexual servitude. Watch this video to see how jewelry-making, plus life skills classes and more, have transformed lives. A friend of mine has been working with this organization for years and is amazed at their success.