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How You Can Help Fight Human Trafficking in Vietnam

New America Media, Blog , Andrew Lam Posted: Sep 27, 2011

Dear readers,

As a writer and journalist, I rarely participate in the stories that I write about. But theres an exception to this rule, when it comes to human trafficking in Vietnam. Last year, having traveled to the area most effected Mekong Delta bordering Cambodia and seen for myself how some victims escaped, survived, and managed to remake their lives through the help of Diep Vuongs program called Adapt Adapt an NGO that seeks to prevent the trafficking of young girls and women by enhancing their educational attainment and improving their vocational choices, I feel compelled to help.

Vietnam has become a country of dazzling wealth and humiliating poverty and the poor so poor they starve have to sell their own children to survive. For $400 dollar, buyers take a girl to Cambodia where shes processed through a sophisticated network and trafficked elsewhere. Heres one story I recorded while there last year.

Escape from a Cambodian Brothel

and heres a mini documentary I co-produced for pbs in which Diep Vuong is featured:

Viet Kieu in Vietnam 35 Years after the Vietnamese war Ended

Also check out Thuy Vu's segment on it:


In any case, as I am raising funds for their programs $200 dollars will send a girl to school and give her enough to live on for a year, $75 dollars will give a kid a bicycle that she can use to go to school that sometimes is 7 miles away from her house in the rural I am asking samaritans to give what they can.

If you are able, would you consider donate to Pacific links Foundation. (it's tax deductible) You can go y to the org - adaptvn.org and find out more as to how you can donate.

Human trafficking is one of the most hideous phenomenons of our time, and though I doubt we can ever eradicate it, I want to help the people who are at the front line fighting it.

Thank you,

Andrew Lam, author of Perfume Dreams: Reflections on the Vietnamese Diaspora and East Eats West: Writing in Two Hemispheres.

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