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.
The girl in innocent smile
I met her, a Khmer girl, her body is slim, tanned skin, but God gave her a tall figure, innocent smile.
She is only 14 years old but she had been bearing so much sufferings. She grew up in her grandmother's affection, her mother died of an incurable disease when she was little, but she was more woeful when she had a cruel father whom created a lot of woes in her life, he got crazy-mad when mentioning about her. When telling about her mother, her face always flushed with tears. Although she just quietly cried, I could feel that she really missed Mom, loved Mom.
Abigail Haworth goes inside Cambodia's virgin trade, where young girls' virtue is treated like a commodity, put on the block by the people they trust the most. Photographs by Will Baxter
Hostesses at Cambodian beer gardens are often targeted by men looking to purchase their virginity.
Dara Keo and her mother, Rotana, were both in tears when it was time for her to leave. A motorized rickshaw had arrived to transport 12-year-old Keo from her one-room shack in Cambodia's capital, Phnom Penh, to an unknown location. Keo was crying because she was terrified. Rotana was crying because she knew she had done something unspeakable: She had sold her daughter's virginity to a rich, powerful man. The rickshaw driver took Keo to an underground medical clinic. A corrupt doctor on the payroll of brokers who arrange the sale of virgins examined her to check that her hymen was intact and gave her a blood test for HIV infection. "He confirmed I was a virgin and disease-free," says Keo, now 17. "Then I was taken to the man who bought me. I had to stay with him for one week while he raped me many times without a condom."
At the twelfth annual Vietnamese Interacting As One (VIA-1) hosted by the Vietnamese Student Associations of the Midwest (UVSA-Midwest) from March 12-14, 2104, the first OBV president, John Duy-An Nguyen, Ph.D., presented the work shop "YOU – ME & OBV MISSION": The mission of One Body Village is to combat child sex trafficking, especially in Southeast Asian countries.
Thinh Phuc Pham, Master Degree in Education, is lecturing the participants.
On Sunday night of March 16, 2014, Mr. Thinh Phuc Pham of the Counseling Center of "Love - Marriage – Familty" Bridge to Happiness had talked on the topic entitled "Learning - Joy or Burden" to more than 60 high school students at Bui Phat Parish hall.
Three days before the fundraising event "More than a thousand words" (July 14th, 2013) in the capital of refugees - Orange County in The USA, Sister Maria Joseph Ho Ngoc – OBV General manager in Vietnam - arrived. It was the first time she first set foot in America (July 11, 2013) as a live witness on behalf of thousands of words of the children who have been saved and raised by One Body Village (OBV) in Vietnam.