The New York City Price of Life Invitational scheduled for fall 2013 is a city-wide, campus-based, faith-inspired campaign addressing human trafficking in all its forms, sponsored by InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, World Vision, and a diverse coalition of organizations.
Savoeun had become entranced with a woman at the factory named Srey Pich. Srey Pich was a newcomer who took a job at the sewing factory and took a shine to Savoeun. The two would sit together and talk, often retreating to a quiet place in the factory. Srey Pich was not a pretty woman. She had one big eye and small eye. She was nasty to her co-workers and to her husband—to everyone, in fact, but Savoeun. She told Savoeun she loved her.
“I heard she was a prostitute,” says Savoeun’s sister Simean. But what no one realized was that Srey Pich was something far more dangerous—a broker who seduced young girls with lies about promising jobs and then sold them into the sex trade or child labor. Read this thriller of a story by our partner, World Vision, about how one Cambodian village banded together to save a 12 year old girl from being sold into slavery.
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Maria and her cousin, Lupe, were only 14 when they were kidnapped one evening while waiting for their bus home . They were drugged, starved of food and water for several days, and forced to have sex with up to 24 men per night for months.As horrific as that sounds, they are not alone. According to the International Labour Organization, there are 4.5 million sex slaves in the world . Maria escaped and led police to the brothel that housed her pimps, kidnappers, and six other girls. She and her cousin are now thankfully on their way to recovery. But statistically, only 1 trafficker for every 800 victims will receive the same or similar justice .Does the world know? If not, how do we tell people and inspire them to respond?Remember the Kony 2012 videos? What made them so popular? How did Invisible Children get Oprah Winfrey to tweet a link to their video? And how did they manage to get 5 million tweets within a week of launching the Kony 2012 campaign?Join the Price of Life Invitational on Saturday, August 25 from 10 am - 2:30 pm at a brainstorming workshop as we explore why, despite the best efforts of hundreds of anti-trafficking organizations, the majority of the world is still blissfully ignorant about its reality, and as we brainstorm how to make a massively viral anti-trafficking campaign.The event is free and lunch will be provided!Sources: http://thecnnfreedomproject.blogs.cnn.com/2012/07/19/teens-brothel-escape-triggers-mexico-clampdown/
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The Price of Life Invitational could really use a hand with admin & general office work! We’re also looking for people to form a social media team and contribute to blog posts.
It may not seem glamorous, but a few weekly volunteer hours would really bless us and help the movement gain momentum! Can you help? Spread the word, and learn more by emailing email@example.com.
InterVarsity Christian Fellowship (and the human trafficking movement in general) has the best people! We received 4 immediate responses - thanks so much!
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- Think Tank II: Social [MEDIA] R[EVOL]UTION - How does good go viral? 08.25 | 10 AM - 2:30 PM | 250 W. 80th St.
- Just Art II: The line between truth and propaganda - How to make (good) art for good? When making art for justice’s sake, where does the line between art and propaganda blur? How can artists avoid gimmicky art when representing important issues? 09.13 | 6:30 PM - 9 PM | IAM, 38 39th St, 3rd floor.
- Just Art Poster Challenge: We’re calling visual artists to design a flyer exploring the concepts art, message, truth and propaganda for Just Art II (above). We’ll feature the winning design and award several prizes. Submit entries to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, August 24 at 9 AM. More info here.