PROJECT FUTURES has supported AFESIP Cambodia (AFESIP) since 2009; the organisation based on the vision and life’s work of Cambodian survivor and human rights activist, Somaly Mam.
What started as a campaign to support the work of this one woman became a movement that would transform the lives of thousands across the Asia-Pacific region who have fallen victim to sex traffickers and those seeking profit, pleasure or .
To celebrate International Women's Day 2018, the woman who inspired the PROJECT FUTURES' vision will return to Australia for the first time since 2014 (along with fellow survivor Sina Vann) to share their personal experiences, thoughts around how to eradicate modern slavery and why empowering survivors will help lead this change.
Do not miss this rare opportunity to hear the stories direct from survivors. Attend an event in your state or request Somaly or Sina as a speaker at your own IWD event.
About Sex Trafficking & Exploitation
One overriding factor in the proliferation of sex trafficking is the fundamental belief that the lives of women and girls are expendable. In societies where women and girls are undervalued or not valued at all, women are at greater risk for being abused, trafficked, and coerced into sex slavery.
Some are lured with offers of legitimate and legal work as shop assistants or waitresses, while others are promised marriage, educational opportunities and a chance at a better life. Still others are sold into trafficking by boyfriends, friends, neighbours or even parents.
Why does this continue to happen to girls in Cambodia?
Weak law enforcement, corruption, grinding poverty and the fractured social institutions left by the country’s turbulent recent history has helped earn Cambodia an unwelcome reputation for child trafficking and sexual abuse.
While the majority of child sex offenders are locals ; the magnitude of Cambodia’s cases of child sex tourism makes it a popular destination for offenders too.
One in five Cambodians now live below the global poverty line and many hover just above it.
A lack of access to basic needs such as food, water, shelter and healthcare leads to poor nutrition and puts men, women and children at high risk of trafficking, exploitation and abuse.
PROCEEDS FROM THE TOUR
Proceeds from the tour will be donated to AFESIP Cambodia.
AFESIP seeks to care for and secure the rights of women and girls who have been victims or at-risk of human trafficking and sexual slavery by providing safe and secure housing, confidential psychological support, routine and emergency medical treatments, as well as professional legal assistance and opportunities for education and training.
With approximately 18.6% of people living below the poverty line, access to education and safe employment opportunities can mean the difference between a person being “re-trafficked” into a life of servitude and one of long-term financial independence.