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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Cycles of Degradation

Some of my friends and colleagues here in the anti trafficking community in Phnom Penh spend our Friday evenings going into the red light areas of the city. We’re looking to talk to men, to understand why they are there, and if possible, offer an alternative conversation to what they may have with patrons and peers in the bars.


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WNYC

Alec Baldwin Features Love146 Co-Founder Rob Morris on "Here’s The Thing" Radio Podcast


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One Day’s Wages For Love146

If my short time with Love146 has taught me nothing else, it’s that I live a terribly excessive lifestyle. On the way to work, I thought nothing of the $2.12 I spent on a cup of coffee and I didn’t bat an eye at the $2.63 price tag for a breakfast croissant.


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A Huge Super Bowl Win

In American football there is a debate over what is more important in winning a game… a better defense or a better offense? My opinion? I don’t know. What I DO know is that just this week, a Giants fan took ‘defense’ to a whole new level.


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…WITH LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL

This past Wednesday was my first day on the Love146 team. I came into a new office, sat at a new desk and was welcomed by new co-workers. After setting up my work email account, I found a message from Dr. Gundelina Velazco, our Director of Asia Aftercare, telling me that Remy, one of the girls in our Love146 Round Home in the Philippines, had finally seen justice.


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I am an abolitionist

“I am a believer in that portion of the Declaration of American Independence in which it is set forth, as among self-evident truths, that all men are created equal…”


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Why Don’t you Come and Relieve Me?

“…As you were speaking this morning of little children, I was looking around and thinking it was most beautiful. …Of such there’s millions — who goes to teach them? You have teachers for your children but who will teach the poor slave children?”


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Mutiny

Frankly, I think that year-end appeals from charities have become like white noise. And using the “last chance for a tax deductible donation” tactic feels at best, awkward and at worst…manipulative.


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When nightmares become dreams

I have a reoccurring nightmare. The place changes but the theme is always the same. There are a group of children who have been trafficked for sex. I run in and free some of them. I take the children to a safe place and immediately go back for the rest, only I can’t save the rest. Something always happens. I yell, I scream, I fight but I’m never strong enough, I can never get them all out.


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Angry Men

“… This is more than a football legacy. This is about people and if we can’t protect our kids, we as a society are pathetic.”


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One hundred years ago in Cambodia

One hundred years ago in Cambodia most families kept together in extended groups. Boys would learn farming from their fathers. Girls would also learn to help out on the farm but would learn child-care from their mothers and quickly become responsible at keeping the house and finances in order.


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Really??

I am continually amazed, shocked and blown away by people and their actions on a weekly; no let’s make that daily, yes, a daily basis.


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Be Brave continued.

Be Brave, dear one. Be ye changed or be undone. Since I have several friends who are working with non-profits to raise awareness of this reality, and try to help prevent human trafficking, I decided this was a small thing I could do to help.


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Be Brave Dear One.

Ten girls (that we know of) have been threatened, coerced or given money to not testify against their rapist. The only girls who will testify are the three that are in our Round Home.


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Stella

I am a firm believer in the contribution small groups of people can make in addressing this issue.


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Accountability and Transparency

Love146’s vision is the abolition of child sex slavery, nothing less. The degree to which we wholeheartedly “feel capable” of being honest workers towards this vision is the degree to which we often “judge ourselves” within the organization.


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From the Field

“I was orientating someone to Cambodia and showed them around Toul Sleng, the genocide museum which was previously used as a place to torture and kill people in 1975-9.”


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Gems

When I saw the t-shirt that Sevenly designed to raise funds for Love146 I immediately thought of Dr. Gundelina Velazco’s story of two gems.


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Sticking Around

It’s easy to find thousands of people that are willing to click a couple of buttons to “show support” for a certain issue. It’s incredibly rare to find someone who is willing to stick around.


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Police

There are times when local police can be part of the problem and not part of the solution. The leader of one of our projects in Cambodia decided to target a local corrupt police chief.


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To all the Love146 girls (and guys)…

A few weeks ago, I was able to visit some of our field projects in Asia. The trip culminated in a wedding that took place in the Love146 Round Home. The bride was a survivor of sex trafficking who moved forward from the home (was reintegrated) last year.


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English Club Inductions

Three of the girls in our Round Home, Majel, Maribel, & Chile, are now students at a nearby highschool. They’re star students; always praised by teachers.


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Poverty Porn

We’ve all seen the images, a malnourished child (usually African) with a bloated belly, a tortured look and a fly which has landed near an eye or mouth. The child seems to be begging us for help and with that image comes an easy answer. For a certain amount of money you can save this child by helping them have daily food, water and an education.


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A Father’s Conversion

“When was your conversion moment”? We tend to ask that question a lot around the Love146 office. It basically means, “What happened that caused you to really get engaged with the issue of child sex trafficking?”


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