Chanh, Dao and Fah* are three survivor clients who were trafficked for sex from Laos to Thailand before the age of 18.
At just 7 years old, Chanh’s parents left her, forcing her to support herself by dropping out of school to work manual labor jobs, often for very little pay. At 15, when she was offered a job as a waitress at a bar making good money, she said yes. She was tricked into having sex with customers instead, making just enough to survive. Debt, abuse, and coercion kept her bound. Without support, she was stuck. “I was a slave. I was forced against my will.”
Then, she found hope.
LIFT’s investigation team identified Chanh as a victim of trafficking and worked with police to help get her out. Together with Chahn, LIFT helped her pursue a new life. “Even my relatives never had this care and love for me.”
Now, she hopes to open a tailoring shop with LIFT’s help.
“I see my own value now. I have freedom. I’m not under control of anyone anymore. I have overcome.”
There are more girls like Chahn that need LIFT’s help, but we need your help. Any gift will help us change lives, and all gifts are doubled until the end of the year by One Day’s Wages, up to $15,000.
Please consider a gift to help others overcome, and create new stories of hope. Every donation makes freedom through justice possible for other men, women and children like Chanh, Dao and Fah.
$30,000 will provide critically needed services and support for our survivor clients. Your doubled donations will:
Partially fund our Protect Team of social workers
Buy Love Packs (sample below) for survivors at government shelters and at home
Endow a Survivor Fund that provides cash assistance to survivors of exploitation as they are repatriated and rehabilitated in their home communities
Train other caregivers
Finance case support costs
*We used pseudonyms to protect identities.
** A note - the stories sometimes refer to the “work’ these young ladies did when they were underage since that’s how they referred to it and conceived of it. LIFT believes that no child under the age of 18 can consent to sex work and, therefore, there is no such thing as a child prostitute or child sex “work”, only child victims of sexual exploitation and rape.