Motivated by the Next One

August 8th, 2022

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A few months ago, one of our incredible Anti-Human Trafficking partners, Rapha International, sent us the below stories...each a brief synopsis of the unimaginable darkness once faced by a trafficking survivor now in their care. Their names have been changed. But their stories are real. And it's their stories that motivate us to get to the next one. 

Nipa’s family lived in extreme poverty, where they struggled to exist from day to day. At thirteen years old, Nipa was sold to a brothel, where she was raped for profit, many times, every single day.

When Dao was 14, she was recruited to work at a karaoke bar so she could earn money to help her impoverished family. Not long after, the bar owner forced her into prostitution.

Sanoh was blackmailed into prostitution when she was 13. When a boy took a video of her being sexually assaulted and threatened to share it on social media, she was manipulated into online sexual exploitation.

When she was a baby, Kanya’s father shot her mother and then committed suicide. By the time she was 9 years old, she had been trafficked to a foreign country and forced into prostitution.

Teang grew up in extreme poverty. When she was just 14, she got a job at a karaoke bar where she drank with the customers. It wasn’t long before the owners persuaded her to have sex with the customers for extra money.

7-year old Jorani was found living on city streets, completely abandoned with no food or shelter. She had been exploited and abused many times.

16-year old Nadia was abused and trafficked by men who were violent, ruthless, and punished people for disobedience. When she first arrived at Rapha, she lived in fear that she would be found and beaten or even killed.

Hom escaped violent physical and sexual abuse in her house after she trusted a young man who promised her work at a karaoke bar. But she was forced to have sex with customers at the bar and was trapped in trafficking for three years.

Lamai’s trafficker forced her to beg for money every day on a busy street corner—all alone, and vulnerable to assault or exploitation. She was just 3 years old. 

When she was just eight years old, Chariya was trafficked to Thailand. She lived in total darkness—unsafe, unprotected, and afraid all the time.

15-year old Sira had become trapped in trafficking when another girl her age convinced her to take a job serving drinks. Her trafficker told her that if she ever tried to leave, he would “make her pay.”  

This is what "darkest hour of need" looks like.  And this is why we must act ugently. For every girl whose story is written above is another girl who we haven't gotten to yet...another girl who is still trapped in her darkest hour of need and needs our help. But together, we can make a difference. Together, we can get to the next one. And together, we can Protect Them. 

To learn more about how you can help us provide protection for up to 60 trafficking survivors still in danger while their court cases against their traffickers are active, please visit timtebowfoundation.org/ProtectThem

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