“Rob Morris of Love146 was recently featured in The Huffington Post, writing about his recent trip to the organization’s safehome in the Philippines.”
Written by Alec Baldwin and Rob Morris. Republished from HuffingtonPost.com
Here is a letter to me from Rob Morris, just back from a recent trip on behalf of his child trafficking rescue organization, Love146. My interview with Rob is podcasting on my WNYC show, “Here’s The Thing,” beginning Monday.
Just got in from my trip to the Philippines and it was amazing. I think people too often only talk about the horror and despair surrounding child trafficking and exploitation (which is a reality), but not enough about the hope, empowerment and change that is also just as much of a reality.
As I mentioned in my email, while in the Philippines I had the privilege of being part of two weddings for girls who were rescued years ago, were brought to our safe home, went through our program and were reintegrated back into a community. They came back to our safe home because they wanted to have their weddings there. It was amazing and beautiful. It was so humbling and such an honor to be a part of it.
While there, I was also able to spend time with girls who are currently in the safe home as well as several who had graduated from the home and are now living in communities and holding down good jobs. One of the girls I met with is Amanda. Amanda’s past of abuse and exploitation began when she was eight. She was eventually trafficked throughout different provinces and even sold on the Internet. She was rescued when she was 14 and then moved from institution to institution. Her greatest desire was to go to school. Because she was unable to attend school in these institutions she ran away and began working in bars and ended up being exploited again.
To read the letter in its entirety, visit: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/alec-baldwin/love146-child-trafficking_b_1265829.html?ncid=edlinkusaolp00000008