In many ways, Nicole was a typical teenager. In high school she tried cigarettes and alcohol, but she says, "I was pretty much a good kid. I didn't really stay out late, I always came home, I never stole anything. I did what a lot of teenagers do."
By age 17, however, things were deteriorating at home. Her parents were divorced, her father was absent, and she and her mother had an on-again, off-again relationship. That's when Nicole met a man who took her shopping and showered her with attention. "He was gorgeous and he had charm," she said. "I didn't really think he was going to turn out to be..." Her voice trailed off as she tried to find words to describe Juan Vianez, the pimp who forced her into prostitution and later brutally beat her.
It was a weekend afternoon, and also the end of the month. Mrs Đỗ Thu Trang and her daughter Ái Linh from America returned to Vietnam, and came to visit the OBV children. On the long road, mother and daughter drove around in a Honda asking for directions, with the bright beating sun leaving them quite sweaty. However, as she said, all fatigue disappeared when they saw the children.
Master Thinh Pham
On the night of May 10, 2014, by invitation of The Assistant Bui Phat Parish Priest, Bridge to Happiness Center had a chance to talk with the parents in Parish about the topic "Sharing The Burden of Studies With Your Children." It was spoken by the speaker of the Center, Pham Phuc Thinh. Below is the sharing of him after the conference.
The topic "Sharing The Burden of Studies With Your Children" is the topic that I have cared and nurtured for so long. I want to make it to help the children can learn less time and have the feeling that study is not too scary, but fun.
Last month, the FBI asked for the public's help in a case involving a suspected serial child predator who for years taught in private international schools overseas. The suspect committed suicide after his employer saw pornographic images on his thumb drive, but as part of our subsequent investigation—when we began the process of identifying and notifying the victims shown in these images—we also asked that possible victims and others who may have information come forward, not only to aid investigators but to potentially access our victim assistance services.
On the 10th Anniversary of your Priesthood (2004 - June 5 - 2014), we would like to thank you for your loving example of self-sacrifice and generous service to One Body Village.
You are another Christ to your flock. May you be richly blessed!
Susana Trimarco holding a photo of her daughter at a Mass in 2008, a year after she founded the Fundación María de los Ángeles to combat sex trafficking.
SAN MIGUEL DE TUCUMÁN, Argentina — HERE in the impoverished north of Argentina, sex traffickers search among the vulnerable for targets. Typically, they lure women with deceitful job offers and then traffic them to big cities, mining towns and agricultural regions, where they are forced into sex slavery.
For most women, in the past, it was the beginning of years of servitude in a grim underworld of prostitution. But these days more manage to escape, many with the help of the Fundación María de los Ángeles, a nongovernmental organization founded by Susana Trimarco, whose daughter was seized 12 years ago.
It's yet another reason why parents need to keep a close eye on their kids' involvement with social networking websites—during a three-year period ending in March 2012, members of a violent Virginia street gang used some of these websites to recruit vulnerable high-school age girls to work in their prostitution business.
After a multi-agency state and federal investigation, all five defendants pled guilty to various federal charges related to the sex trafficking conspiracy. The leader of the gang—27-year-old Justin Strom—was just sentenced on September 14 to 40 years in prison, while the sentences handed down for the other four defendants totaled 53 years.
One Body Village for the first time presented the Musical Play "The Life I Left Behind" on April 25th, 2014 in Orange County, CA and on April 27th, 2014 in San Jose, CA.
The play showcased the real and painful stories of OBV's 3 children whose lives were scarred by child sex slavery. Their harrowing recounts of their stories brought to the forefront the evil nature of child sex slavery, the sufferings it caused to young lives, and the challenges lasting well past the trauma that are now part of their lives as they undergo the rehabilitation and the reintegration into societies.
An invitation from Ms Loan – missionary leader at Soc Trang Province, was a friendly and enthusiasm collaborator. On 24th and 25th of April 2014, the Bridge to Happiness Center had organized a two-day seminar with Soc Trang residents in regular training program "Parenting skills". Each session had lasted in one day.
Cross-border cordial smiles
Although everyone in The Radio Saigon Houston delegation had stayed to work in Cambodia for only four days, we will always remember them all. Thank you for spending time to have fun with us. In addition to this joy, on the last day, some sisters from OBV Vietnam House also visited Cambodia House. Because we had had the opportunity to meet and chat with each other via Skype, via video a few times and one big sister had even come here to take care of us to help Mother Phuong, our "first surprising moment" quickly went away.
Per reference by Father Xua – a priest who is very down to earth and passionate in serving his people, Bridge to Happiness Center got a chance to talk to over 400 young adults from Mac Bac diocese, Tra Vinh province.
The event took place at Mac Bac church – the second largest church of South Vietnam in the late nineteenth century. Father Peter, who welcomed our party, left me an impression that he was very caring. Throughout the way, he kept asking where we were heading and how, whether we were tired, and he let us know he got food ready for everyone... His hospitality truly warmed our hearts.
One Body Village, whose Mission is to prevent, rescue, and rehabilitate the victims that are trafficked, forced, or sold into child sex slavery in SouthEast Asian countries, will present a Musical Play "The Life I Left Behind" at the Saigon Performing Arts Center (16149 Brookhurst St, Fountain Valley, CA 92708) on Friday 04/25/2014 at 6pm PST. The play tells the real story of one of the OBV children that was rescued and raised in one of OBV's homes. The audience will experience the pain as well as feel the joy of their challenges and survival.