The 11-hour bus ride made us pretty tired. It was dark when we arrived, so we rented a room and spent the night. The next morning, we rented the motorbike and began our journey to visit the children as we had arranged with the local ladies.
On this trip, I traveled with Sr. N, the mother of OBV home, and a person who wished to involve herself in the work of OBV. She wished to experience and gain a better understanding of the OBV's mission and its next steps.
You have a beautiful smile, the kind that is like an angel's smile. Looking at you smile, probably no one could tell that you have suffered a great deal. The deep wounds on your tiny body caused me great pain
The child was born into a very poor family. Her parents are illiterate. After two sessions at school, she helps her parents sell lottery tickets at night. Her school lunches are her classmate's leftover meals. All her school expenses are paid for by her neighbors. The child and her mother do not have a home, so they usually sleep in the shelter of their grandparents' homes. The first time I met the child, she just returned from bathing in the river.
The project manager is talking to her relatives
A man and his family lived in a peaceful countryside home situated on the land held by his ancestors. Despite difficult circumstances, the man made a living selling lottery tickets throughout the day to care for his elderly mother and two lovely daughters, including little N. His wife stayed home to care for her mother-in-law and their children. Their fate changed one day after one of the family members committed a horrendous crime.
At this joyous time of the Lunar New Year of the Goat, we would like to express our sincere appreciation to our beloved benefactors, partners, volunteers, staff and children. 2014 was a very suc-cessful year for OBV: We were able to exceed our goals and expand our services to combat child sex exploitation and trafficking. Our achievements show the generosity and commitment of people like you. In addition to expanding services in Cambodia, Laos, Singapore and Vietnam, we are getting ready to establish a new OBV home in Malaysia in early 2015.
We wish you ABUNDANCE, HAPPINESS, and PEACE in this Christmas, and a New Year filled with HOPE and PROSPERITY.
One Body Village
Trong niềm vui mừng Tết Ất Mùi, chúng tôi xin chân thành tri ân quý vị ân nhân, các cộng tác viên, thiện nguyện viên, nhân viên và các con. Năm 2014 quả thật là một năm thành công mỹ mãn cho gia đình Một Thân Hình: chúng tôi đã có thể vượt quá chỉ tiêu trong năm và mở rộng thêm những dịch vụ trợ giúp các trẻ em là nạn nhân của tệ nạn buôn bán / khai thác tình dục. Ngoài việc mở rộng hoạt động tại 4 quốc gia Cam-bodia, Laos, Singapore và Vietnam, chúng tôi đang chuẩn bị để mở thêm gia đình Một Thân Hình mới tại Malaysia vào đầu năm 2015.
Chúng tôi kính chúc quý vị một mùa Giáng Sinh tràn đầy HẠNH PHÚC và BÌNH AN, và một năm mới AN KHANG THỊNH VƯỢNG.
Gia Đình Một Thân Hình
5 years as sex slave
She's a very pretty, petite young lady, about 14 years old; whose eyes always seemed on verge of bursting into tears.
Who would have known 5 years ago, she was raped by her stepfather right in her own home. This started at the time her mother was pregnant, carrying the stepfather's child. The closest person to her was her mother but her mother couldn't protect her. Her mother knew everything that had happened but she kept silent – thinking she was protecting her family so that the new baby would not grow up without a father. Year after year, she endured. Thus, she became more reserve and quiet.
A beautiful young girl was borned in 2003. No money to pay the hospital, abandoned by her father at birth, her mother sneaked out the hospital without a birth certificate. The baby grew up but couldn't attend school because there is no proper paperwork. At the young age, she began selling lottery tickets for a living. Eventhough she didn't get to go to school but daily dealing with the lottery tickets sale gave her the ability for quick calculation and good with numbers. She followed the children in her neighborhood to learn how to read and write.
Dear OBV Children, Staff, Benefactors, Supporters, and Volunteers,
Thanksgiving is not just a few days of shopping, feasting, or being off from work, but an occasion to cultivate and express gratitude. Medical researches have shown that people who feel and show gratefulness increase their levels of happiness and optimism.
"Thankfulness creates gratitude, which generates contentment that causes peace." –Todd Stocker
At OBV, we count our blessings from all of you and from each and everyone of us. We make our blessings count, work diligently, gratefully, and happily with what we have, and seek to achieve more.
We wish you all happy and blessed Thanksgiving. We thank YOU for "Be a Voice, Lend a Hand, to Make a Difference, and Save a Life."
OBV Board of Directors
File photo of children waiting to reunite with their parents after police rescued them from human traffickers in Guiyang, southwest China's Guizhou province in 2009. (Photo: AFP)
OBV: OBV are proud to be part of this! As the article said "It falls short" - However, we believe in "one step at a time!" Please pray for us and those who involve in this fight, especially the Victims!
MP Christopher De Souza, who first mooted the Bill in 2013, said Singapore's role is to "partner" with victims and give them a sense of hope.
SINGAPORE: A new law dedicated at combating human trafficking was passed in Parliament on Monday (Nov 3), prescribing stiff penalties in the form of mandatory jail terms and fines.
Dear Ms. Joanna and the Women with a Cause,
One Body Village will like to extend our sincere gratitude for your kind donation of $882. 100% of this money will be used to RESCUE, REHABILITATE, and PREVENT child sex exploitation and trafficking in Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, and Singapore. Please continue to help RAISE AWARENESS. Visit our website OneBodyVillage.org often to get updated information about our work; to get dates and locations of upcoming events; and to get involved so that you too can continue to BE A VOICE, LEND A HAND, MAKE A DIFFERENCE, and SAVE A LIFE.
Within an hour, Dr. Thanh-Tam Nguyen had clearly explained to staff The United Nations' definition of Human Trafficking as the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harboring, or receipt of persons by improper means (such as force, abduction, fraud, or coercion) for an improper purpose including forced labor or sexual exploitation as well as the U.S. Government's definition of Sex Trafficking as a facet of Human Trafficking. Therefore, the mission of OBV is within the definition and scope of Human Trafficking, and focuses in child sex exploitation and trafficking.
It was a horrific instance of child sexual exploitation that went on for approximately three years. But in the end, Patricia and Matthew Ayers—who pled guilty to crimes against a child in their custody—were recently sentenced to an astonishing 2,340 years collectively behind bars (1,590 for her, 750 for him).
According to the federal judge who heard the case, the defendant's conduct was "about as serious as it gets," and that on a scale of one to 10, she believed the case was "way past 10." Then she sentenced the defendant—James Alfred Beckman, Jr. of Grand Rapids, Michigan—to 30 years in prison.
What crimes moved the judge in this case to hand down such a substantial prison term? Multiple counts of attempted sexual exploitation of a child, attempted coercion of a child, and receipt and distribution of child pornography. And in addition to the lengthy prison stay, the judge also imposed a lifetime term of supervised release on the defendant once he gets out, ordering that he register as a sex offender.
Ten years ago this month, the FBI stood up the Innocent Images International Task Force. Its mission: to investigate commercial websites—at that time mostly based in Eastern Europe—involved in the worldwide distribution of child pornography. A big task for a small but dedicated group of expert investigators from the U.S. and five other participating nations.
Fast forward to October 2014, and this group of investigators has grown from about a half dozen individuals to around 60 officers from nearly 40 countries. And the group's changed name—the Violent Crimes Against Children International Task Force—represents its expanded mission today: to identify and bring to justice anyone involved in violent child sexual exploitation activities, whether online or in person, and to identify and rescue the victims of these crimes no matter where in the world they may be.
On Saturday 8/30/2014, One Body Village was the proud recipient of the Lien Doan Chi Lang 1279' s Girl Scout Junior 2014 Bronze Award Junior Journey.
The four ten-years-old girls chose to fundraise for One Body Village. It is their year-long fundraising project for their Junior Journey, a leadership adventure and the highest honor a Girl Scout Junior can achieve. Their goal was $500. However, with their passion and parental support, they were able to raise $2,760.00. What a committed achievement!
One Body Village sincerely appreciates the Girl Scout Juniors for their leadership and support of OBV Mission.
After many months of planning, organizing, and rallying, on Friday 10/24/2014 at Chateau Crystale, about 500 people gathered together for an evening of awareness, fundraising and disco dancing. Attendees, dressed in the 70's fashion with mini-skirts, maxi dresses, tie-dyed shirts, bell-bottoms, Go-go boots, and Afro hairstyles...