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Human Trafficking - Food for Thought?

New America Media, Video, Mike Siv and Andrew Lam Posted: May 03, 2008

Editor's Note: Human trafficking has become an epidemic. Often tricked into believing they will be given legitimate work, women and children soon find themselves caught in a web of exploitation and deceit, ending up in the sex trade, which generates funds that exceed the amount made in the drug trade, estimated at between $6 billion and $7 billion per year. Although there are no hard accurate numbers, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) estimates that in the past thirty years trafficking of women and children in Asia for sexual exploitation has victimized over 30 million people. According to sources from UNICEF and Vietnam's Ministry of Justice as well as other groups, as many as 400,000 Vietnamese women and children have been trafficked overseas, most since the end of the Cold War. They are smuggled to Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, Macau, Malaysia, Taiwan, the Czech Republic -- and, to a lesser extent, the United States -- for commercial sexual exploitation.

NAM interviewed members of Chefs Without Borders - an organization of over 30 top Bay Area chefs - who threw a gala recently in San Francisco to call attention to the problem. Filmed and directed by Mike Siv and produced by NAM editor, Andrew Lam, author of "Perfume Dreams: Reflections on the Vietnamese Diaspora".

This is a streaming MP4 video - you'll need Quicktime 6 or later to view it.

Related Links:

ADAPT: Mekong Delta Alliance to Prevent Human Trafficking.

Stories on human trafficking.

In the World of Human Trafficking, Vietnam Remains a 'Supply Country'

Want to help? Go to Adapt or contact Diep Vuong adapt@pacificlinks.org.

Also, contact East Meets West Foundation

Andrew Lam's "My Journey Home to Vietnam" Documentary

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