The SOLD Project: Making Prevention Possible

By: Ruth Remudaro

     Imagine being placed in an uncomfortable and unsafe situation, feeling alone and scared for your life. Now, imagine never being able to leave. That is the reality for many children in Thailand who are thrown into the world of human trafficking and child prostitution without a choice. 

The SOLD Project, Thailand - Allison Harp, Freelance Photographer 

     The SOLD Project is just one of many organizations that is making prevention of this world epidemic possible. They help ensure that children are not exploited from the very beginning of their young lives. They give them the opportunity to be educated and able to choose a different path for themselves; a choice of their own. 

     The SOLD Project’s Resource Centre offers educational scholarships to children who couldn’t otherwise stay in school. During the week, the local Thai staff provides after-school programs, classes, mentorships and other tools these kids need to succeed in life. The organization helps kids break the cycle of poverty and achieve things that they would never have previously dared to dream. 

     Children shouldn’t be worried about who is going to rescue them from a brothel but should instead be living life fully and freely knowing that their life has meaning and potential. Lives matter and every life has a role to play for prevention to be possible: one life, one village and one country at a time. 

The SOLD Project, Thailand - Allison Harp, Freelance Photographer 

“Prevention isn’t a new concept. We wear seat belts because they can help us avoid the more serious consequences of a car wreck. We get vaccines to prevent disease. You get the idea.” 

Jean Enriquez, Executive Director of the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women, Asia Pacific 

Cat, 17, first girl sponsored by The SOLD Project - Allison Harp, Freelance Photographer

     “The truth is, if one bed is emptied, it will be filled again before night falls,” Harp said, “That’s just the nature of the situation.”

     Harp believes that although it is a sensitive subject, these stories need to be shared, thoughts need to be expressed and someone needs to advocate change. 

The SOLD Project, Thailand - Allison Harp, Freelance Photographer 

To learn more about The SOLD Project you can visit their website at http://thesoldproject.com/

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