Pictures are members of the Sao Sary Foundation in Cambodia – beautiful hearted and hard working young people!
June 6, 2013
This is my message, this is my mission.
I arrived in Cambodia on June 2 and was overwhelmed on what the purpose of this trip exactly was – and yes I am still here. It took me three days to have the inevitable epiphany I knew would come, and then it happened! While interviewing and listening to a beautiful girl share her story about how she was sold into the sex trade at the age of 13, I realized it was about more than exploitation, it was mostly about the female body being objectified. The cold hard facts show that in parts of our world there is a belief system, a HORRIFIC belief, that the human body, specifically a women’s body, hell, a girls body is a commodity.
It is time for us to get real people! The sex traders that exist in our country, as well as in developing countries don’t see the figure of a woman, they see a dollar figure. I’ve learned that a virgin brings $5000 and with each purchase of her services that dollar amount diminishes rapidly. With each transaction of sex from the sick people who buy her services, her worth drops. By the time she is nearing the age of 18-20 years old when a young woman’s life should be taking off, hers is ending. As I sat in the back seat of the car being driven through the red light district in this little town I inconspicuously pointed to a girl sitting on a plastic chair scantily clad and asked our driver ”how much will she make tonight“. The man, whose personal mission is to save these girls, answered ”she is used up, she will make $2.5 each time”. All I could do was lower my head and pray for guidance to engage in this worthy fight with all of my being. As the tears dropped on my lap they were quickly followed by a determination to teach all girls, all women, all people who THIS HAS TO STOP! Please, don’t be silenced!
All my love,