Travelling around the world is wonderful. Seeing amazing sites, eating amazing food, and meeting amazing people, how could it not be wonderful?
But then you meet someone who tells you a story that makes you think about travel in a completely different way.
This is what happened when I met Ben Randall my first night in Chiang Mai, Thailand.
Ben told me about a friend of his who was kidnapped from Vietnam: M, just 16 years old at the time, accepted a ride from someone she knew, but called home during the ride to say that she was in trouble. Her family thinks she was taken to China. It is most likely she was sold as a wife or as a prostitute.
It put my happy travels in perspective.
Human trafficking is a huge issue, and one we rarely think about in the west. But for many of the poverty-stricken and under-educated people living in the beautiful countries I’m travelling in now, human trafficking is something they have to think about.
What difference can one individual make?
Ben is searching for M now, and he’s using his background in filmmaking and photography to make a documentary to bring more awareness of the global problem of human trafficking — The Human, Earth Project.
What difference can you make?
There are three things that you can do, and two of them take only a click.
1. Watch this 3 minute video:
2. Share on your favorite social sites:
3. Visit ‘The Human, Earth Project’ crowdfunding page to learn more about the project and make a donation.
And maybe the next time you travel this issue will be known by many more people, and we’ll be well on our way to eradicating it.
Anything you can do to help would be greatly appreciated.
Reblogged this on JJourneys.
Great to read the post, it really does help put our lives travelling in perspective.
Thank you Ellen – it is so easy to forget that our western lives are unlike most others’ in the world …
The Human, Earth Project can help change that.
Great article, it is supper important to get bigger perspective when we trvel, all of us and in all cases. Human Trafficking, Animal Abuse etc etc
Thanks Marysia – agreed :-)
Thanks Barry! And thanks to you and S, I met Ben – he is very inspiring and I’m so glad I could help in a small way.
Hope I can see you again, maybe you’ll visit S before I leave Cambodia?
Happy tet :-)
Thanks for sharing this. It was great to meet both you and Ben (the film maker) in SE Asia. I’ve have been really inspired by his story and dedication to raising awareness of the situation – especially amongst these minority women and girls of the region.