Phuong Ly, a poor, beautiful Vietnamese woman, falls in love with an attractive, kind and wealthy man who wants to take her hand in marriage. Her life is seemingly perfect until her boyfriend’s mother purposefully sabotages their relationship.
Heartbroken and fragile, Phuong Ly travels to Ho Chi Minh City to work as a cleaner at a marriage agency. There she meets Mitch, one of the men seeking an arranged marriage.
He takes a strong interest in her, and coerces her to marry him with the promise that he’ll support her family in Vietnam and that she’ll receive a better life. However as soon as she arrives in America, Phuong Ly realizes she has been brought as a slave.
She is violated and abused with no hope of escape. The only ray of light is the bond she develops with the American’s young, autistic niece; both of them prisoners needing to escape.
What is Human Trafficking?
Human trafficking has been with us since the beginning of time; only its trends have changed over time. Trafficking, also referred to as modern day slavery, is more affordable, more wide-spread, and more ingrained in our society than during the Civil War. Today’s trafficking victims are females, males and children, are from any country, and represent any ethnicity. They work in industries ranging from domestic servitude to agriculture to commercial sex industry. According to Global Financial Integrity, a program for the Center for International Policy, human trafficking is the fastest growing criminal industry in the world, second only to drug trafficking as the most profitable illegal industry.
Just as the nature of the crime is global, the nature of the movement to fight it is also global. Governments, businesses, non-profits and individual communities across the globe are working to eradicate trafficking and help its victims. The Fashion One Foundation stands up against human trafficking and supports the empowerment of victims and promoting awareness for the widespread cause.
The Fashion One Foundation believes that slavery today takes on a new form. Daily men, women, and children are coerced, abducted, and forced against their will; ultimately forced into virtually invisible bondage. According to the UN Global Initiative to fight Human Trafficking, approximations of 2.5 million people are affected by the crime of human trafficking. It is the sad truth that this unmentionable act invades multiple populations throughout our world. Human Exploitation functions as our modern form of slavery that has taken residence deep within our society, infecting our local communities.
Sex Trafficking: Facts & Figures
– The United Nations estimates that 700,000 to 4 million women and children are trafficked around the world for purposes of forced prostitution, labor and other forms of exploitation every year. Trafficking is estimated to be a $7 billion dollar annual business.
– Victims of trafficking are subject to gross human rights violations including, rape, torture, forced abortions, starvation, and threats of torturing or murdering family members.
– Nearly every country is involved in the web of trafficking activities, either as a country of origin, destination