While at Vanderbilt, I had the opportunity to travel to Thailand for 17 days. Among other things, we studied the problem of the sex trade and responses to it. One of the things that we learned was that many of the girls were from the hilltribes of Northern Thailand and from Burma. The cyclone that hit Myanmar (Burma) has given the sex traffickers another opportunity to take advantage of these girls.
Right now, Not for Sale organization, has partnered with another foundation to raise $50,000 in the next two weeks to help. Here is what the e-mail said:
The Crisis in Burma continues...
Today in Myanmar, 2.5 million people cling to survival after the disaster that hit two weeks ago. The latest state television update in former Burma has declared the death toll after the May 2nd cyclone to be 77,738 people. Another 55,917 are still reported missing.* Thousands swarm the roadsides of a country void of the foreign aid it so desperately needs. Children, destitute and orphaned, are picked up by vicious traffickers prowling the disaster area.
This week, David Batstone travels to Myanmar to approach the crisis situation.
Last Fall, Not For Sale partnered with Thai Abolitonist Kru Nam to build a shelter for 125 kids rescued out of the sex trade industry. Today, she implores us to intervene again as Burmese children trafficked into Thailand are being rampantly sold.
It's time to build a shelter, and it's time to act fast.
Not For Sale, this week, has partnered with a foundation that will match EVERY DOLLAR we donate, up to $25,000. Our goal is to raise $50k in the next two weeks. The shelter will be on the border between former Burma and Thailand, and will provide the critical care necessary to rescue Burmese orphans out of slavery. Kru Nam's village, as is, cannot support one of the growing needs in this crisis. But together, we believe we can raise enough money that can.
DONATE now. Every dollar you give is worth two. Join the call to action in this crisis.
* Statistics obtained from www.nationalpost.com
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