Project #135 | Vocational Training for Trafficked Women in Thailand
Our partnership with Home of New Beginnings
The sex industry in Thailand catering to Western men began during the Vietnam War as the allied forces were given a week reprieve from war during each tour of duty. Pattaya, then a little fishing village on the Gulf of Thailand, became a favored place for soldiers to distract themselves from the war. When the war was over, the sex industry continued to thrive. Today there are 30,000 young women available for sale on any given night through 1,300 bars and hundreds more massage parlors and brothels serving customers from all over the world. Poverty, gender inequality, corruption, domestic violence, lack of education, and a cultural expectation that daughters are the financial providers perpetuate the cycle of the sex industry.
We partnered with Home of New Beginnings to bring hope and healing to young women in Pattaya, Thailand who have been trafficked or exploited. Home of New Beginnings exists as both a rescue and prevention residential facility, providing housing, food, formal education, and vocational training such as sewing or cosmetology. ODW’s grant was used for the furnishing of the training floor and completion of a sewing room as well as a multi-use space for counseling, homework and tutoring, and a small computer lab. By remodeling the multi-use room, Home of New Beginnings can offer two tracks toward a safe and sustainable future: vocational training and formal education. The space is now being regularly used by residents to further their education and social, emotional, and spiritual growth.
Our collective impact
Girls Provided Formal Education
Girls Provided Vocational Training
Pin was just eight years old when a social worker called to ask Home of New Beginnings if they would take her in. It was a neighbor who reported Pin’s story to the police. The authorities questioned the story and dismissed it. Undaunted and angry, the neighbor turned to the social welfare department and they took action. Pin became the youngest victim of child trafficking at the home. When we first arrived, she was angry and acting out. However, in the gentle voice of the house mother, Pin found safety and began to relax and build trust. Six months later, through art therapy, dance, and counsel in a safe environment, Pin gathered the courage to testify against her predator. Pin triumphed as he was sentenced to 15 years in prison.
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Thank you for making this possible!
Our movement is grassroots, to us that not only means the work on the ground is led by local leaders with the support of the community, but it also means that we raise the funds for our projects through everyday donors just like you. In addition to all the donors that gave $25, $100, or $250 and the campaigners that ran a race or donated their birthday to raise funds, we also want to thank our generous business, school, and faith sponsors who believed in our work and joined the movement.
If you want to support future projects like this you can make a donation to our human trafficking fund.