“When I got home without selling the flowers, they hit me with wire in front of the house and pulled my hair and … slapped me. They slapped until I bled. They also hit my back.”
Bakery nightmare to support mother.
Thi U was 18 when she was forced to begin working in a bakery to support her mother and AIDS-infected stepfather:
“My mother was sick. My family was poor. We didn’t have money, and I wanted to take care of my mother. …Our house was in Keng Tung. We sold it and came to live and make a living in Thailand. We lived in Mae Sai. My grandmother worked on the farm there.”
“My mother married my stepfather and my stepfather had AIDS. My mother also had it and later she became ill. They had no money, so I went to work and gave the money to my mother. [My mother died and I went to work in a bakery where] they swore at me, hit me, and bullied me.”
Sold into prostitution, infected with HIV/AIDS.
“And then they gave me only a little bit of money. And then I couldn’t go anywhere. I just had to work inside the house. I couldn’t go out. They didn’t let me. I told them I didn’t want to live there any more and I wanted to go home. They said they wouldn’t allow me to go back. They said I would have to just stay there and work. They asked me why I didn’t want to live there, and they hit me.”
An ethnic Lahu girl from the Burmese-Thai border area traveled to Chiang Rai, Thailand, across the border Tachileik, Burma, with a man, who sold her into three years of prostitution. Ma Nai, a fellow Lahu, described the girl’s ordeal:
“That person told the girl, ‘I’ll take you there. I’ll take you to your aunt in Thailand,’ and took her away with him. That person lied to her. That person lied to her and sold her into prostitution. [Later, the girls became pregnant]. At that time, she couldn’t eat and she was really skinny. She didn’t know that she was pregnant. She told her boss that she couldn’t eat, so the boss took her to a clinic.”
“I asked how many times and she said about four times. She said she got to sleep well and live well for about a week. At that time, she didn’t have to have sex with men. After a week, they’d give her medicine and they’d ask her to sleep with men again. She had to go back to work.”
“Her health deteriorated very much and she became extremely thin. And lumps appeared on her body. At that time, she didn’t feel well and she couldn’t eat well, so they took her to a clinic and they were told that she was HIV positive. So they told her: ‘Your health is not good. Go back home. They tested your blood and they found a plus sign.’ They didn’t know what HIV positive was. They only told her a plus sign was found. So the girl asked, ‘In that case, don’t I have to work anymore?’ They said, ‘No, you don’t have to. Go back. We’ll take you back up to Mae Sai.’“
“They took her up to Mae Sai. When she tried to cross the bridge, she couldn’t because she didn’t have any ID card. So she went across the water. At that time, there were boats. She crossed in a boat and returned. She has died since then.’“
Prostitute in Mae Sot Teen girls
Development And Education Programme For Daughters And Communities In Thailand Charity In Mae Sai Thailand.
Development And Education Programme For Daughters And Communities In Thailand.
Development And Education Programme For Daughters And Communities In Thailand Charity Profile.
DEPDC is a non-profit community based NGO working in Thailand on the prevention side of the trafficking of women and children into the sex industry or other exploitative child labour situations. It offers free education, vocational training and full time accomodation for young girls and boys in an effort to achieve these goals.
Development And Education Programme For Daughters And Communities In Thailand Volunteer Information.
Volunteer in Thailand and help prevent child prostitution and the trafficking of children into the sex trade.
Thailand is home to a thriving sex-industry, with estimates of over 2 million prostitutes working in Red Light Districts across the country. Thailand’s Health System Research Institute estimates that 40% of the prostitutes in Thailand are children. Often, children are kidnapped or sold into this form of modern-day slavery. In poverty stricken areas, children can be sold for as little as a bag of rice.
The poverty in the high-mountain villages of Northern Thailand puts children at risk for more than just human trafficking. In these under-developed areas, children can suffer from malnutrition, a lack of basic medical care, and physical and sexual abuse.
Nestled in the hills of Northern Thailand, sits a home for 8 beautiful little girls. BAAN CHOO JAI (The Helping Hearts Home) is a loving home for orphaned and vulnerable girls from the impoverished hill-tribe villages. This home has been a dream of the House Mom, Rapee, for almost 30 years. We began raising funds to open this home in 2011. The house was purchased and renovated in 2012, and in April of 2013 our first 8 children were welcomed in.
These little girls now have a safe, loving home. They are getting a quality education, and many of them are at the top of their class in school! The children are also learning sustainable life skills like farming, fishing, and raising livestock. They help care for pigs, chickens, two fish ponds, frog ponds, herbs and vegetable gardens on the property. We are thrilled to see them thriving in their new home!