• JessicaInSF

    Wow, Heather. Thanks for learning about all this to share with the rest of us who wouldn’t be able to make it to SE Asia in person.

  • Suebob

    I’m so glad that there are people doing this work, and that you are writing about it.

  • http://www.kimskitchensink.com/ Kim’s Kitchen Sink

    So glad you’re writing about this. Much to learn, indeed.

  • Tracie

    Oh my. I’m kind of scared for you in terms of what you’re going to be seeing. But it’s so important to expose this so thanks. Deep breaths… those people are amazing.

  • Tracie

    Second that Wow.

  • Pamela Wik-Grimm

    Unfortunately, returning these people to their families is hardly an answer. It was the families that sold them in the first place.

  • Shayla Scott

    Great post as usual Heather. Curious though, doesn’t putting his face out there put him at greater risk of retaliation? These are serious criminal enterprises and I can’t imagine they look kindly at their ‘product’ being jacked. I’m looking forward to reading more about this experience!

  • http://kristanhoffman.com/ Kristan

    So glad to hear that they’re not just buying the kids in order to rescue them. That is a well-intentioned but problematic practice. Obviously these groups have done their research. I think it’s wonderful that you’re willing and able to give their cause greater exposure. I’m hopeful it will allow them to do even more, better work to help save these kids.

    For anyone who is interested in learning more about this kind of work, and other similar problems and initiatives around the world, I recommend HALF THE SKY by Nicholas Kristoff and Sheryl WuDunn. It’s a hard read, but eye-opening.

  • Kimberly Wydeen

    Heather, thank you for writing this. When I read your first post about this trip, I was had one foot in the camp of “how will she bring awareness, I didn’t hear much about the Haiti trip” and another foot in the “literally any positive recognition of these organizations would do some good.”

    But after I read this post, I am awed by your efforts and the efforts of this organization. Problems like this sound so insurmountable that hearing organizations have a concrete, effective plan to tackle them is informative and hopeful. Thank you, for this enlightening post.

  • Jarmo Luukka

    I was so thrilled to hear this

  • http://oddlovescompany.com/blog/ Katybeth

    I’d like to know how to help. I hope that is a part of the more to come

  • RzDrms

    Coincidentally (or not. I’m definitely thinking not.), I’ve been reading “The Forgotten” by David Baldacci for the last week or two. And now I’ve been reading all this from you. And…well, I wonder what I’m being instructed to do. Have you (or anyone you’re with right now) read that novel?

  • Heather Armstrong

    I will address this in a future post. This organization and the ones they partner with would never send a child back into a dangerous situation. There are extensive aftercare programs and policies in place and they would never send one back to a family that had put them in that situation in the first place.

  • Heather Armstrong

    It will most definitely be a part of the more to come.

  • Desiree Johnson

    They are also not always sold into slavery by their families. Some have been kidnapped or were runaways that were promised things that weren’t true.

  • twocharacters

    Yeah, I thought that sounded like a terrible idea. I saw a documentary called Half the Sky and it featured a woman who went by the name Somaly in Cambodia and she took in the children she rescued. Perhaps this group doesn’t have the resources to do that right now but I would think it should certainly be a goal.

  • faydean


    Please address the reality that the government in these parts of the world are notorious for being corrupt and basically ignoring this issue. If you read the international government reports on sex slavery and child prostitution in places like Thailand you see extremely low numbers of actual prosecutions. I went to Exodus Roads website and their numbers seem very inflated considering what I’ve read from “official” reports. I mean these areas of the world have been downgraded in the last few years for not following through on international promises to curb these horrible acts against women and children. I find it very hard to believe just gathering video evidence and turning it over to authorities really does much. I’d like to hear the reality of what they are up against, especially with friends from Thailand and the surrounding areas who tell horror stories and how it’s basically just accepted!

  • KC

    My heart breaks for those children, so much has been taken from them. No human being should be treated this way. It just saddens me so much that anyone can treat other human beings like this. Thank you for what you are doing, please thank the others as well. I would like to know what I can do to help.

  • cherie king

    There are advocates for legalized sex work who seem to want to deny sex trafficking happens at all. In the US it’s difficult to combat as the sex worker are prosecuted over the johns, jailed. I hope the work with these groups can breed success in the US.

  • Jen Moore

    Thank you Heather. This is such a huge and complex issue. As a women, gender and sexuality studies teacher my students are horrified to learn that we have more slavery TODAY than ever in our world’s history. It’s so important to shed a light. I do it through teaching and you do it your way. It’s all important. A thousand thanks.

  • Jen Moore

    Being tricked is a leading cause for slavery. Girls and women are told they will be given a job in a neighboring country or far away country and in are put on a plane. When they arrive, thinking they will begin work as a maid, nanny or hotel worker (and begin to pay off their sponsor for the air travel costs) they are thrust into the worst day of their life. Often they are beaten and gang raped into submission of their new reality. It is devastating.

  • martinifontaine

    Heather, I’m so glad you’re writing about this endeavor. Even if it’s not the one and only answer. Even if there is still so much to do. Even if it seems like there will never be an end to the evil in the world. Even if there are 208,647 other issues that still need to be addressed. After all of the Even Ifs, it is worth it for you to bring awareness, to be an example of one person doing SOMETHING, instead of sitting in front of a monitor and telling you how much you’re doing wrong, and to keep doing what you believe in for yourself, your children and other humans. I’m just so glad. Thank you.