IT’S BETTER TOGETHER

I’ve long been motivated by a collaborative outlook — that it’s better together — since capturing a saying from when I went to school that went like this: “Let us do nothing apart which can be better accomplished together.”


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SOMETHING DIFFERENT, SOMETHING REAL

We’re just two weeks into Tread on Trafficking and nearly 300 Abolitionists have already begun to run, bike, swim and climb — using exercise as a way to fight child trafficking and exploitation.


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Flying Take Out Boxes

We keep folders of photographs from our trips around here at Love146. There is one cluster of photos that has always made me smile. These photos, taken in Cambodia, are of a young boy using a takeout box… as a kite.


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WE’RE BECOMING A FAMILY

Tread on Trafficking is a fundraiser that runs until June 30th where treaders do something physical and ask friends and family to support them for working out — with all money raised going to Love146.


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I’M A FOOL

I woke up yesterday morning to a shock. News of a merger between Love146 and Not For Sale lit up social media, including a new website, and I didn’t know anything about it — which is really awkward since I’m the President and Co-Founder of Love146.


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TRUST YOUR GUT

We believe the best people to protect children from pimps and traffickers are children themselves. It’s what guides our steps towards providing prevention education in schools. It’s what motivates us to empower children with practical ways to prevent sexual exploitation in their lives and in the lives of their friends.


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BEAMING WITH PRIDE

Amanda’s past of exploitation began at just eight years old. She was trafficked through various cities and sold on the streets and the internet. Rescued at 14, she moved from institution to institution, each time leaving and returning to work in the bar because they didn’t send her to school. Rescued again, she came into our care.


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SHOES

A couple of years ago my wife and I were in Vietnam completing the adoption of our youngest daughter. We were there for three weeks. Our daughter was almost four at the time. Because of the losses she had experienced, she wasn’t taking any chances anymore of being abandoned or left behind.


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LOVE146 + FAIR GIRLS

In my first year as a staff assistant working at the U.S. Department of Education, I attended a lot of meetings. Six years removed there are few that I remember, but one lingers in my mind. Looking across the table at the people who had gathered, I remember saying something to the effect of: “Wait, are you telling me there are potentially trafficked kids in our schools?”


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INVISIBILITY IS NOT A SUPERPOWER

I’m continually learning about the power of words. Do words shape our thinking or does our thinking shape our words? Is it a little bit of both? You may interpret the following as me being picky or over-sensitive. I hope that I’m not. I’m just letting you in on some of my own struggle with words, their meaning and power.


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WATCHES THAT CELEBRATE LOVE

We’re always really encouraged when people look at where they are and ask the question — “What can I do to give back?” You don’t have to quit school or change careers to start working for good in the world. Many times, those making the biggest impact are the ones who take where they already are and attempt to work it for good. Our friends at Modify Watches are just the latest example of a group of people doing just that.


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NO MORE “IF ONLY’S”

Here at Love146, we are absolutely thrilled when someone wants to take their gifts, their influence and their time to support us in creative ways we couldn’t do (much less think of!) on our own.


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RAISING REBELS

Since becoming a father, I’m actually determined to raise rebels. I want my children to rebel and this resolve only deepens with each passing year.


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SIX NEW GIRLS ADDED TO OUR ROUND HOME

In the past few days, six new girls joined us at the Love146 Round Home. All the girls are between the ages of 7 and 12. They represent the youngest children we’ve ever cared for at the Round Home. Mixed emotions describe how we feel…


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RIPPLE OF HOPE

For Human Trafficking Awareness Day, Nicole Von Oy shares about her journey to becoming an abolitionist.


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ONE CHILD

For Human Trafficking Awareness Day, Stephanie Goins shares about her passion for abolition!


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REVOLUTION

For Human Trafficking Awareness Day, Matthew Miller shares what abolition means to him.


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CORRECTING EVERYTHING

January 11th is Human Trafficking Awareness Day in the United States. Human trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery. From January 1st through January 11th, we’ll be posting daily blogs — staff reflections, inspirational quotes and more that reflect our passion to see child trafficking and exploitation ended.


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NEVER REST

January 11th is Human Trafficking Awareness Day in the United States. Human trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery. From January 1st through January 11th, we’ll be posting daily blogs — staff reflections, inspirational quotes and more that reflect our passion to see child trafficking and exploitation ended.


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Where do Human Rights Begin?

I think it is safe to say that we all ache for the day where we not only celebrate a proclamation, but also celebrate a proclamation becoming a reality. Not just for some…but for all. Until then…we can begin at home.


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“Why I’m Giving Profits Back”

Here at Love146, we are absolutely thrilled when someone wants to take their gifts, their influence and their time to support us in creative ways we couldn’t do (much less think of!) on our own. One such effort has been growing over the last few weeks and it’s such an encouragement to us in the office that I wanted it to be shared.


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LETTERS OF ENCOURAGEMENT

Nicole Von Oy has been with Love146 for a while, working as our Training & Outreach Coordinator and leading much of our prevention education efforts in the United States. If you don’t know Nicole, she’s a fairly super lady — talking boldly with children who may or may not want to hear what she has to say about sexual exploitation and human trafficking.


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USA Today

Sex trafficking in the USA hits close to home: USA Today includes Love146 In front page article on sex trafficking


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I LOVE MY JOB

I love being part of a movement of passionate people who go above and beyond in seeking the best for children.


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Mary Poppins: Nanny, Jokester, Abolitionist

London is the centre of the media universe this week with the extraordinarily British opening to the Olympic Games. I am an emotional chap and I don’t mind telling you that I brimmed with pride and blubbed like a baby throughout the visual extravaganza.


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TAKING THE FIRST STEP

As the Events & Development Coordinator here at Love146, I have the privilege of working with passionate supporters who work tirelessly to raise funds and awareness for the children we serve and help expand the abolition movement. They are all rock stars in my book, but I have to admit my bias nothing touches my heart like kids helping kids.


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FORGIVING THEIR FATHER

The girls in the Love146 Round Home in the Philippines are in our care because of what happened in their lives before. Their families were impoverished, or starving, or dysfunctional, or broken, which led to the girls’ susceptibility to abuse and exploitation.


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PUSH-UPS, WAKE-BOARDING & MORE!

Since May 1st, hundreds of Abolitionists have been running, jumping, dancing, swimming, biking and working out — all in the name of supporting Love146 for this year’s Tread on Trafficking. As we do every year, three treaders who have been supremely AWESOME have been nominated for the Tread on Trafficking AWESOME Award.


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TREADING AS PHYSICAL THERAPY

Since May 1st, hundreds of Abolitionists have been running, jumping, dancing, swimming, biking and working out — all in the name of supporting Love146 for this year’s Tread on Trafficking. As we do every year, three treaders who have been supremely AWESOME have been nominated for the Tread on Trafficking AWESOME Award.


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Human Dignity

A few months ago I was at a program in Manila. I was there to teach about the vulnerabilities of sexually exploited children to a group of senior Asian leaders who hadn’t been exposed to the issue of trafficking. I thought it would helpful for them to see the issue firsthand.


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A Rare Breed

Today we celebrate the birthday of our Director of Asia Prevention, Dr. Glenn Miles! Glenn is one of those people you meet who truly journeys for the sake of others. No matter what.


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CARING FOR THE PEOPLE WHO CARE

Love146 believes strongly that organizations must care for their workers if they want them to care about the issues and for the individual survivors. So we try to help organizations in supporting their own people, not just those they are seeking to serve.


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MONEY OR MOVEMENT?

When so many organisations are asking for money and seeking to make change on your behalf, we recognise that long term change only happens when you, the giver, also become an active participant in that change. But what does change look like? What could significant change look like here in our nations with our own child trafficking issues?


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SHARKS IN THE WATER

There has been so much said and written regarding Invisible Children’s Kony 2012 effort over the last month, and there will be more said and written with the launch of their “Cover the Night” campaign. While there have been some thoughtful critiques as well as thoughtful responses to those critiques, there have also been plenty who have been at best, unhelpful and cynical, and at worst, venomous in their criticism.


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Yale & CNN

Yale and CNN Freedom Project Invite Love146 to Participate in Symposium on Human Trafficking


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Pagdamay

The Love146 Round Home is a safehome in the Philippines offering holistic aftercare to survivors of child sex trafficking. In the Filipino language, there is a beautiful and rich word for which there is no equal in English. The word is pagdamay.


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Love146 in Greece

Today in Greece there was a gathering of 8,000 senior school children at one of the Olympic arenas in Athens to see US Basketball Sports Envoys to Combat Trafficking in Persons…


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Boys will be boys…

Boys will be boys, so they say (and by de-fault I suppose girls will be girls!).

Where I live in Cambodia, there is a popular proverb that, ‘a girl is like a piece of cloth, if thrown in the dirt then she is soiled for ever compared to a boy who is like a lump of gold, it simply needs washing and it is clean and restored’.


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