The seven-inch scar runs diagonally across the left flank of his skinny torso, a glaring reminder of an operation he hoped would save his family from debt but instead plunged him into shame.
The release of the State Department’s latest Trafficking in Persons Report (TIP) revealed that Asia is home to some of the worst perpetrators of illegal human trafficking.
China has now joined the ranks of Russia, North Korea, Iran, and a handful of other countries as Tier 3 violators of human trafficking laws.
Lin Yu Shin, owner of the now defunct Giant Ocean International Co. Ltd, was arrested in the tourist hub of Siem Reap last Friday, according to Chiv Phally of the interior ministry’s department tackling human trafficking.
Imagine you have just been rescued from a life of sexual and physical abuse. Your feeling of desperation slowly disappears as you begin to feel safe and trust those caring for you.
Tim Mathieson will be riding a BMW from Kirribilli House to The Lodge to raise funds for a Cambodian orphanage combating child slavery. Photo: Andrew Meares
Tim Mathieson is about to climb into the saddle to raise $100,000 to fight child slavery in Cambodia.
On each leg of his trip to Southeast Asia this week, President Obama raised with foreign leaders one of his priority human rights issues: ending human trafficking, a form of modern-day slavery.
Last November, Meg Ryan tweeted a picture of a former sex slave she met while on location in Cambodia with journalist Nicholas Kristof to film the Independent Lens special, Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide (airing on PBS October 1 and 2, check local listings).