CAMPAIGN AGAINST  CHILD SEX EXPLOITATION AND TRAFFICKING

  • 1
  • 2

News

A new website www.picture4charity.com was officially launched at the Nha Nam book store. A project by travel blogger Dinh Hang in collaboration with her friends who have a common passion of recording life as it happens, through beautiful pictures and photography.

The pictures in the gallery are not just for art, but all money raised from selling the pictures will be donated to a charity organization once every 3 months. OBV was lucky to be chosen as the first organization on the receiving end of the money raised for the 3 months starting July 13th, 2017.

Wednesday, 21 June 2017 03:08

Fundraising Event For OBV Vietnam

Ladies and Gentlemen,

I don't know what I could possibly say to show you how much it means to OBV to have all the love and support that we have received from these performers, and the combined energy from the guests who attended, the sponsors who were all a part of the fundraising event for OBV Vietnam, as organized by performer Ms. Hien Thuc.

It was a night of music, with love and warmth radiating from all participants, making it a success that was beyond our expectations.

Wednesday, 17 May 2017 15:58

Mom, have they sentenced him yet?

(image from thanhnien.com)

At her age, she should have been playing games, or with her dolls. Instead, she was stalked and prayed upon with unwanted phone calls and letters from Mr. B.

Since she was born to the age of 13 years old, her daughter had been subjected to a series of woes. From traffic accidents to severe burns, to falling into the river. The mother was unable to keep her daughter safe anymore.

To raise her daughter, the matter had to leave their home town of Ca Mau for a job in Binh Duong. One day, the daughter called her mother to report he had been raped by her neighbour, Mr. B. Shocked, the mother left her job and headed home immediately. Arriving home, she saw her daughter was lost, withdrawn into herself.

I came back to the House this morning. Some chickens were foraging for food on the ground, while the fish swam in their pool and the pigeons huddled together in our garden covered by fresh green grass and colorful flowers. We sat talking under the shade our our leafy plants, waiting for our children to come home from school.

They came back, like a flock of young birds. Quickly dropping off their school bags, these tweeting birds started circling a real bird: a parrot, probably the same age as the children.

They rushed to feed the parrot food and water, yelling with excitement and urging the parrot to eat. How wonderful it is to watch the natural 'maternal instinct' come out in these girls! Despite having been through spiritual, emotional and physical trauma, they still have the longing and desire to love, and to care of other smaller and weaker creatures. This is considered to be a natural instinct for all animals....then why did it not apply to their fathers, uncles, stepfather, neighbours who instead of looking after them, had abused them instead?

an old article...

Everybody in the office told each other: “Behave yourself! The new chairwoman might be tough.” We were so nervous and assumed she might be a difficult person after we had received a bunch of her emails requesting us to send reports and annotations. Nobody knew about her, how old she was, how she looked like and whether she was difficult as we thought.

Our first meeting with the new Chairwoman, Dr. Thanh Tam finally took place. Her modest clothing and her smiling gave us the first impression that she was a humble person. Her plane just landed but she stopped by the office anyway for the meeting, carrying a lot of luggage.

She is so friendly and sympathetic with a smiling face

Saturday, 28 January 2017 03:54

OBV Letter 1-27-2017

Once again, Lunar New Year of the Rooster 2017 is here upon us.

We sincerely wish all of you bountiful blessings in health, spirit, families, work and life.

We sincerely thank you for your belief and commitment in OBV Mission. 

 

Direct links for References and Addendum:

References:

(1) https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/prostitution Accessed 01/25/2017

(2) https://www.justice.gov/criminal-ceos/prostitution-children Accessed 01/25/2017

(3) http://www.vietcatholic.net/News/Html/213969.htm Accessed 01/27/2017

(4) https://www.amazon.com/Pimpology-Laws-Game-Pimpin-Ken/dp/1416961046 Accessed 01/27/2017

(5) https://www.apa.org/pi/women/programs/trafficking/report.pdf Accessed 01/27/2017

(6) http://www.traumacenter.org/products/pdf_files/Invisible_Chains.pdf Accessed 01/27/2017

(7) https://www.amazon.com/One-Among-Us-Paige-Dearth/dp/1502492253 Accessed 01/27/2017

Addendum:

1) OBV published an article about some myths and misconceptions in child sex exploitation and trafficking. Please refer to https://image.slidesharecdn.com/obvnewslettervol8vn-140610135450-phpapp01/95/one-body-village-newsletter-volume-8-13-638.jpg?cb=1407844119 Accessed 01/27/2017

2) Myths & Misconceptions reference from Human Trafficking Hotline: https://humantraffickinghotline.org/what-human-trafficking/myths-misconceptions Accessed 01/27/2017

She was abused by her own biological father at the age of 16, maybe 17. "She was really pretty, with hair that cascaded down her back not unlike that of an angel" remembers a staff member from a shelter just outside Ho Chi Minh City.

She also had a really beautiful name, meaning a bright and beautiful day. You would think that parents who name a child with such a meaningful moniker would be that with a strong education, or at the very least, a strong moral.

But no. Despite having been born and raised in District -- an area not that far from the city centre of Saigon, her family was far from civilized. When we arrived at her house to collect precious paperwork, her birth certificate, so that we could process and accept her into our home, her mother dug full a box infested with dead cockroaches, until finding her paperwork, almost destroyed by rodents.

We'll call her Angel for this story!

"Miss, can I leave her here with you, I'm never coming back"

Angel was a beautiful girl, but was a little slow on the developmental side. When she was taken into the first shelter, the sisters there had to teach her literally everything from the very beginning. She couldn't speak, but was always smiling. Her chores such as cleaning vegetables, cleaning the house....they were done very carefully, but also very slowly.

When her mother passed away, Angel was left alone with her father.

And it was then, that he started to rape her.

A trip to visit the family of a survivor, to talk to them about the option they may have to remove their child from an area of such high risk of being abused

On this particular day, before heading out to her tutoring class, she kept reminding her mother over and over to make sure to put on lots of layers of pants for her. The weather in Saigon was balmy, for what reason would she have to wear multiple pants, especially as she was well toilet trained. Concerned, the mother asked her why, to which she replied: "that man (the husband of her tutor) always takes my pants off....please put on extra pants so he can't take them off!

In Vietnam, according to the statistics from relevant authorities, on average every year sees over 1,200 children sexually abused, with another 2,000 cases of child abuse. In particular, the incidences of children being sexually abused continues to rise, with the cases also increasing in severity and complicated nature.

Saturday, 21 January 2017 01:42

Happy New Year 2017

Tuesday, 20 December 2016 03:57

Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays!

Page 1 of 18