Pandemic or not, the fight against sex trafficking of young girls in Indonesia must continue. And it continues!
Thanks to a grant from the organization Dark Bali, TK can offer food aid to 10 new families for 2 months, which brings the total number of families supported by us to 19.
Currently (the schools are closed), our aid is food but as soon as the schools open, we will return to our primary mission: The prevention of prostitution and the reintegration of young girls victims of prostitution.
This year, the goal was to support 15 families by June 2020. By June 2021, we are targeting a target of 100 families. Do you have the audacity to pray with faith, with me, to this end? Will you support us financially on a regular basis?
Finally, here are 2 links to watch a short video of TK working in the field as well as an interview that I gave to a TV program from the Ministry of Teaching Me.
This blog will be short. I just want to share with you the latest news from our daughters in Indonesia.
First, the good news. TK received last week a donation of $ 1,500 CAD from the NGO Dark Bali.This aid is intended to provide food to 10 new families for 2 months in the village of Bongas where we work with the Kusuma Bongas Foundation (Bongas flowers).
I will also participate in a ZOOM meeting with several NGOs involved in the fight against sex trafficking of girls in Indonesia Tuesday May 26 at 11:00 p.m. (offset required) in order to take stock of the situation of sex trafficking in this period pandemic.
On this subject, our collaborator Mr. Nono Terryano (on the photo above) gave me an update on the situation for the district of Indramayu and it is not rosy.
Already highly vulnerable to odd jobs that do not even allow them to support themselves, current families have seen their situation worsen by the loss of these odd jobs. As there is practically no government aid in Indonesia to guarantee a minimum of income, our collaborator notes a clear increase in domestic violence.
As the abusers and predators take no rest but take advantage of the crisis to extend their grip on families, they are even more tempted to sell their daughters to prostitution networks. Let us remember that extreme poverty is the number 1 factor leading to prostitution and that the situation in Indonesia has considerably deteriorated with this pandemic.
Currently, it costs approximately $ 118 CAD to provide the following commodities (rice, sugar, eggs, instant noodles, vegetable oil, mask and hand sanitizer) to a family for a period of 2 months.
Scenario: You are traveling in a country renowned for its permissiveness to child abusers. At your hotel, a man of a certain age catches your eye because he is accompanied by a very young boy or a very young girl from the area.
For 1500 years, from the time of the kings of Java until now, Indramayu is the high place and the main supplier of young prostitutes for Indonesia as well as for several countries of Southeast Asia and the Middle East.
They live more than 13,000 km from Canada and they really exist! The motto of Talitha Koumi is to save the victims of sex trafficking one image at a time, so this article wants to introduce some of the victims we met during our photo report.