If Congress doesn’t act soon, a key law that fights human trafficking and modern-day slavery will expire.
We are blessed to live in a country where we can speak freely to our elected officials. Every few years, the Trafficking Victims Protection Act must be renewed to keep up with the evolving strategies of human traffickers. Letting it expire would send a message to the world that the U.S. is not committed to ending this evil.
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Image from World Vision Advocacy page – Petition re: Sex Trafficking: Pictured – Savoeun’s cousin, 11-year-old Panny Story: Savoeun had quit school to work at a local sewing factory when she was 12. But at age 15, Savoeun agreed to leave with a broker from the village who promised her the opportunity of a better-paying job. At the factory that morning, Savoeun’s sister, Simean, was the first to notice. ”I did not see her working,” says Simean, 21. ”I asked where she was. People told me that shed gone to work in Malaysia. I called my family.” In making that call, Simean set in motion a Cambodian-style Amber Alert. World Vision had worked with people in the village to institute this type of outcry to help prevent trafficking of young people in this community. Savoeun’s family, friends, local authorities, co-workers, the police, community members, and the children of two villages joined in a singular task: bringing Savoeun home alive. Her mother and uncle went to the broker’s husband and ended up holding him until they could contact the broker and get her to release Savoeun. All the time, Savoeun had no idea what was going on. She just thought she was going to get a good-paying job to help out with the family’s expenses. Before this experience, she had joined the Youth Club in her community and learned about, among other things, the dangers of trafficking. But the dangers of the broker are that they act as friends to the girls who they then traffick. These days, Savoeun, now 20, works in a family business, selling food supplies and drinks in Phnom Penh, but loves coming home to visit her family whenever she can.