BATTLESHIP (Emergency part 2)

Remember the game Battleship? I used to play it with my uncle when I was a kid. I remember him explaining the different kinds of ships and their specific roles in a naval fleet. Each one a vital piece of the bigger picture of a fleet and its mission.


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Boy Masseurs In Mumbai

Yesterday I went out with Jasmir who is heading up our project in Mumbai with masseur boys (a euphemism for sex workers). We went to the place where the boys hang out waiting for customers and it was clear that Jasmir has a great relationship with them.


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Sri Lanka Network Making Strides

We recently received an update from our partner network in Sri Lanka demonstrating the vast amount of work that is being done to bring together individuals and organizations in Sri Lanka who are addressing trafficking. The Sri Lanka network is one member of the greater South Asia Network.


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Send A Valentine to a Survivor

When I was in elementary school, Valentine’s Day was a big event. You got to make a valentine for everyone in your class, maybe adding some dabs of glitter to the cards going to your best friends and crushes. It’s a cherished childhood memory for me.


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Celebrate Love!

Join Love146 in celebrating a love that protects, defends, restores, and empowers.
Music:
"A Home on Your Heart" by Aaron Strumpel


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EMERGENCY! (part 1)

When I was in elementary school, Valentine’s Day was a big event. You got to make a valentine for everyone in your class, maybe adding some dabs of glitter to the cards going to your best friends and crushes. It’s a cherished childhood memory for me.


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Trek Update: Nigerian girls in Athens

We are on our own in Athens until we leave for Rome on Monday so we got to explore the back streets ast night. We are not naive and are used to being around unsafe places, but this was pretty intense.


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Trek Update: Greece

I am pleased to say that after our five a.m panic attack to get going today, we left Bucharest for Bulgaria and 6.5 hrs and a hammered set of shock absorbers later – we crossed into Greece close to the Turkish border. Finally after 11 hrs we arrived with the project in Thessaloniki (you may have heard of it).


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Comic book heroines fight for abolition.

Comic heros and heroines look differently today. They're not so much about being the strongest or fastest or having some bug gene that lets you swing from high buildings it's more about knowing who you are and walking (or tripping) through life with grace, humor and strength while changing the world somehow.


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For Justice

My wife Siobhan is 50 years old this year and I am 48 years. When we tell Cambodians they think it is terribly funny.


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Trek Update: Romania

Still in Turda, Romania for one more day and one more night, before heading on to Bucurest early tomorrow.   Visiting Cluj today, the biggest city in the region.


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You’re invited

In recognition of National Human Trafficking Awareness Day, I thought it would be appropriate to extend an invitation:


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TREK UPDATE: Video Blog from Czech Republic

Two members of the Love146 European Prevention team were approached by a local pimp selling girls in a sex club and brothel.  One pimp soon became fifteen, all wanting business. What follows is a 2 minute audio only clip of this experience.


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Trek Update: Prague

Staying with a lovely family tonight in Prague. They've been working on the streets with people for 18 years  – real people.


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Hopefulness

When Siobhan and I first lived in Cambodia there was an ice-cream factory just down the road from the slum where we were living. On one of the outside walls there was a painting of eight different types of ice-cream. When it is hot in Cambodia it gets really hot, so going past those pictures every day got you hungry to try them. Outside of the factory in the shops all we seemed to be able to buy were only two of the types of the ice-creams displayed so one day we spontaneously went to the factory itself to ask to try the other ones. The factory manager we met gave an embarrassed laugh and said that they hadn’t been developed yet but that we could try one of the two types they had…


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Scrambling for words

Have you ever had one of those moments when you wanted to say thank you, but the words just seemed so lame in expressing the gratitude you felt? This is one of those times. I’m scrambling for the right words here.


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Jolly Old Saint Nick

It’s impossible to not think of Santa this time of year. My son and I watched Elf the other day when he was sick and he has been asking me to sing, “Santa Clause is Coming to Town.” I thought after close to 30 years of Santa I knew everything there was to know about the jolly man form the North Pole that flies on a sleigh with reindeer and presents for all the children in the world. This year I learned something new about him!


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Wreckies join the fight

Because most of our days at Love146 are filled with dealing with some of the darkest stories imaginable, our hearts have learned to break and grieve. But for this very same reason, we have also learned to be deliberate in celebrating hope and embracing joy. It’s what keeps us sane. It’s what keeps us alive.


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A Solution for Christmas Guilt

At Christmas we can feel so guilty about all the poverty and war and pain in the world whilst we sit and eat our turkey. But guilt rarely motivates people to act so I want to tell you a story about some children…


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An Incredible Hope

Two organizations working with sex tourists and pimps who believe that change is possible for the worst pimp or perpetuator.


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Reaching

A girl wearing the number 146 pinned to her shirt walked up to me with tears running down her face. She just simply stared at me, unable to speak. She reverently reached for the number which was pinned over her heart…


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Considering Implications

I have been back in Cambodia for 3 months and one of the most disturbing things have heard about was about the situation with youth leaving orphanages in Cambodia. There are more than 200 orphanages in Cambodia that have often been set up by well meaning people (including many expatriates) who just wanted to “do something.”


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EVICTED CHILDREN RECEIVE NEW BIKES

This Saturday Love146 Director of Prevention, Glenn Miles met with community leaders to present 80 bicycles to children living in the blue tent community outside of Phnom Penh, Cambodia.


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the new black?

Is the anti-trafficking movement the new black? I was recently asked if I was concerned that the current anti-trafficking or “Modern day abolition” movement might be only a trend…


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First Time Back…

We received this beautiful update today from Dr. Velazco, Love146 Director of Aftercare. One of our girls who had been reintegrated back into a community from our safehome (Round Home) came back for a visit. Here is Dr. Velazco’s account:


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A Picture of the Movement

WOW! It has been a long time since I was in high school. High Schoolers are amazing. They are full of life and energy. They are idealists… I almost forgot! It is kind of fun (and a little strange!) to be brought back down memory lane.


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Counting My Blessings

It has been a long week. I found myself overwhelmed this week a few times by the weight of the issue. Some shocking articles crossed my computer like one talking about the domestic magnitude of the issue…


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Schooled by compassion

I have learned the face of this issue here…in my own streets, in my own city, in my nation. In the middle of my learning I have come to realize not only how blind I have been to the issue here, but I have also seen a lack of compassion in myself that is disturbing.


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Going Home

After 16 months in our safehome, another one of our girls went home to be reunited with her family last week.


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Back Home Again

You may remember this story from our safehome in the Philippines. Her mother left the family when she was 5. Her father was murdered shortly after. Relatives and neighbors took her in and sexually used her. She ran away to the streets…


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