CONVERSATIONS WITH SOMALY MAM
In support of PROJECT FUTURES and in recognition of the incredible work of AFESIP Cambodia, four passionate women from the Gold Coast will be hosting a High Tea fundraising event to raise funds and awareness for women and girls suffering at the hands of sex traffickers and those seeking to exploit them in Cambodia.
Date: Sunday 4 March 2018
Location: Hilton Ballroom, 6 Orchid Ave, Surfers Paradise
Time: 1pm - 4pm
Ticket: $70 per person or $560 for a table of 8
Attire: Sunday Best
Guests will be treated to a keynote from Somaly Mam, the woman who inspired the PROJECT FUTURES' mission, followed by a Q&A with fellow survivor of sex slavery, Sina Vann.
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Somaly Mam was sold into slavery at the age of 12. Forced to work in a brothel for nearly a decade, she was brutally tortured and raped on a daily basis.
After escaping the industry with the help of a foreigner, she went onto to establish safe houses for women and girls escaping situations of sexual slavery and exploitation. For over 20 years, she has provided victims with safe and secure housing, confidential psychological support, medical treatment, legal assistance and access to education and training.
At great personal cost, Somaly has touched and supported over 7,000 victims, survivors and those at-risk of slavery and exploitation.
Sina Vann was born in Vietnam and abducted from school and trafficked to Cambodia where she was sold to a brothel and forced to service up to 20-30 clients a day. If she refused, she would be tortured with chilli and locked in a dark, underground room without food.
She spoke no english or khmer when she was finally rescued and unable to return to her family due to the perceived shame of her situation. Referred to AFESIP, trust was slow to build, but over time it was clear that Sina had a gift for supporting other girls to overcome their grief and pain through their shared, lived experience.
Sina now leads the social outreach program at AFESIP, supporting women and children in some of the most impoverished areas of the community by raising awareness of the service, promoting access to primary healthcare and safe sex practices.