This past week I've been sharing with you the milestones of my mission trip with Pacific Links Foundation. For the past five years I've been an ambassador for organizations like Pacific Links or Not For Sale to spread awareness and put an end to human trafficking. I so appreciate everybody's supportive feedback and have heard your interest for the individual stories behind the young women who have survived human trafficking. Here's one with the em, (little sister in Vietnamese), that we reunited with her mother today in Sapa, Vietnam.
Our survivor is Em "Ngu" (fake name to protect the girls). She's in the white shirt w/ long hair walking w/ her brothers & sisters. "Ngu" is a regular teen going to school and works selling goods for her family. She meets a guy on Facebook and starts chatting w/ him every night. Dude invites Ngu to a festival coming up. Ngu declines, not wanting to go w/ him alone. Guy persists, she declines. Guy encourages her to bring a friend. She thinks about it...then agrees. Ok, she'll bring her BFF "Hoa" (both girls are in @themamamai dabbing photo). So they go w/ guy, he drives for a long distance. When they arrive he forces them into another van with trafficking agents. The girls realize shits going down, so they resist. They both get beat, gagged, and tied up. Girls are then driven across the border to China.
They're ordered to change clothes in order to be sold as brides. Ngu puts up a huge fight, refuses to change. Traffickers beat her again, force her to change or they'll take her into the forest and rape her. Hoa, her BFF, convinces her to listen, because they can plot another way to escape. Meanwhile back at home, Ngu's mom is freaking out that her daughter hasn't come home. She (while being illiterate) goes thru her phone and breaks into FB messages. She figures out that Ngu had been corresponding with that guy the last night her daughter was home. She takes the FB image of his face and prints copies to take to the police. Thru FB messages and somebody helping her to read, Mom finds out the guy lives in Lao Cai. She pays $200 to two men to help drive her to find her daughter. Mom goes to the guys house two times trying to locate the son, who parents claim they haven't seen. Third time, Mom brings a knife and threatens them unless they show her where their son or daughter may be.
Back to China, Ngu and Hoa are being prepped (to be sold as brides), until a PAST trafficked elderly woman recognizes that the girls speak Vietnamese. She is saddened for them and decides to stand up for them. She berates the traffickers and tell them the girls are way too young to be sold as wives. The traffickers take one girl, Hoa, and give her Ngu to take. Viet woman takes Ngu and lets her use her cell phone. Ngu's mom ends up driving all the way to China to get her daughter back. Ngu pleads with Viet lady to help them get Hoa to take home too. For whatever reason, the Viet lady goes to the other home where Hoa is imprisoned and manages to get Hoa out too.
This is the best story of how two women save the day, and how a pair of best friends' complementing personalities saved one another.
Again, I greatly appreciate the astounding feedback I'm getting to support these women and would like to keep our conversation going. I have further trips planned in the future and events that are going to explain more behind these trips. Tell me how YOU would like to be a part of my journey to end human trafficking. If you'd like to donate to the cause, come with me on a trip, or just receive more information, feel free to message me on socials and/or sign up for my newsletter!