For years, Lanh didn’t have a way to talk about the violence she had been through. We came to know Lanh through our Survivor Care work in the United Kingdom. She's a hard worker, and a mother of two young children — a strong head of her household. When the police found her, after she had been trafficked into the U.K. at the age of 9, she was in a cannabis factory, worked to exhaustion, the only woman among a group of trafficked male workers. Nowadays, she sometimes talks briefly about the nail bars — the long days without pay, the harsh punishment for mistakes. It’s been a long time since she got away from her traffickers, but when you mention sexual exploitation, she just cries. ...
Back on September 1st, we set a crazy, audacious goal. Since monthly giving is the #1 most strategic thing you can do to help Love146, we asked 146 people to make the kind of commitment that would allow us to say “yes” to more children when they need us, tomorrow, the next day, and the months and years to come. We are grateful that we beat our goal with a dazzling 198 new donors. Their support — and the incredible support of all of our donors — will sustain our efforts as we journey with the children in our care. In the past three months, we've welcomed 19 new children who have needed long-term holistic care as they recover from trafficking. It's a bittersweet thing to reflect on – but we're in it with each of them for the long haul because you're in it for the long haul, too.
If you have a passion to see the end of child trafficking and you have skills in social work Love146 may be the place for you! We also have internships available this spring, ideal for undergraduate or graduate students.
Getting together with people who care about child trafficking and exploitation is a powerful experience. We see it at our elegant annual Red Galas and in our informal, family-friendly Hope is Brewing events at regional breweries.
We still have a few months to go in 2016, but it's never too early to mark your calendar for our 2017 Red Galas! We'll be at the Bell Tower in Houston on Saturday, February 11th, and in the New York Metropolitan Area on Friday, May 12th, at Grace Farms in New Canaan, Connecticut. We hope you can join us.
The International Labor Organization estimates there are 20.9 million enslaved today; over 5 million of these are children. Love146 exists because there are children who are used and sold like commodities. This is one of the most severe human rights abuses on the planet. Founded in 2002, Love146 is an international human rights organization working to prevent child trafficking and exploitation, to care for survivors, and to empower a growing movement. We serve children from our offices in Asia, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Love is the foundation of our motivation.