Friday, March 23, 2007
Invisible Chains: How to help
Tonight, during the 11 p.m. hour of "360," we're airing a special report called "Invisible Chains: Sex Slaves." If you're interested in learning more about this issue or looking for a way to help, here are links to some organizations mentioned or featured in tonight's program (by no means is the list exhaustive, but it's a way to start):
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thank you for the information! we really appreciate the effort of AC360 staff and crew and to Mr. Anderson Cooper.
Posted By Anonymous Jemillex Bacerdo Chicago, IL. : 7:06 PM ET
American Assistance for Cambodia is an amazing group that is enabling children from all over Cambodia to get even the most basic of an education, and transform not only their lives, but that of their country as well!
Posted By Anonymous Kathleen Kozak, Honolulu, Hawaii : 8:05 PM ET
Thank you so much for posting these links. You have done your job of making us aware of the situation, let us do our job of helping in any way we can. If everyone helps in any way whether it be financially, saying a prayer, sharing this information or going to "the battlefield" together we can make a difference.
Posted By Anonymous Leah Staquet, Warren, MN : 8:09 PM ET
What an Awesome 360 program last night!
The reporting Dan Rivers did on Somaly Mam was the best thing to help women and children in invisible chains. One shot showed the girls having fun in a big yard, and it looked like there was housing on the property. Hopefully there are counselors there as well.
It takes committed people who want to help, and manage a community of sex slave victims.
Not only does it take people who want
to help, but the victims themselves also need to want the help to change their lives.
I believe the reason government/people/companies, whether it be here in America or in Southeast Asia, do not donate the amount of money that is needed for all the services that go along with changing the lives of sex slave victims is because the statistics on recovery are not great, and, its just women. Sorry to nice men out there but lets be honest, here in america there is still a glass ceiling, as far as Southeast Asia goes treatment towards women seems much worse.
Don't get me wrong. I don't want to sound like there are no good organizations out there helping because there are, but we need to do more, a lot more.
Thanx for CNN 360. Great program last night.
Pray, and exercise.
Posted By Anonymous Karen, Boston, MA : 8:17 PM ET
Here are some other organizations doing great work:

ILO Mekong project to combat trafficking in children & women.
-The Oak Foundation
-WWSF women's word summit foundation(on the home page,click english and there's a list of Int'l organizations).
-UNIFEM(United Nations Development Fund for Women).

Thank you for talking about this issue.

Joanne R.
Laval Quebec
Posted By Anonymous Joanne R.Laval Quebec : 9:53 PM ET
You should also check out: www.thethailandproject.org

"The Thailand Project: Higher Education as Humanitarian Aid" is a partnership between a small rescue school in Mae Sai, Thailand (DEPDC) and the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (UWSP) in which young women who had been rescued from being trafficked/enslaved are given the opportunity to earn a college degree within the U.S. and then return to their home countries and fight against the very issues they were rescued from. The project is groundbreaking and historical...
Posted By Anonymous Joseph Quinnell - Stevens Point, WI : 11:15 PM ET
Exactly what did Kristof expect to achieve by returning the girl back to her family who sold her into this disaster to begin with?
Posted By Anonymous Tony, Gettysburg, Pa : 12:27 AM ET
World Vision, an NGO mentioned numerous times in this story, also offers numerous ways to help. Visit worldvision.org or seekjustice.org for more info...
Posted By Anonymous Michael from Franklin, TN : 1:10 AM ET
Hello Anderson Cooper.

I am so proud of you and your team for touching this subject. I'm sure lots of people out there can understand what these poor children are going thru.

Sexual abuse is a terrible thing to go thru, but slavery is really despicable. Where are our authorities? Oh yeah, I forgot, they get their cut so they can't hurt thier profit.

We need to denounce these people. But that sometimes doesn't work either. Some of them are out on the streets becase the laws don't apply to them. We as a society have filed eachother.

Thank You For Caring. There should be more people out there like you guys.

Your mom raised a good son. God Bless you and your team.
Posted By Anonymous Maria. Ntl City, Ca : 3:31 AM ET
Thanks for the list and the Show. It's a good beginning. Can we know that those on the list are verifiable?
Posted By Anonymous Katie Vickers, Asheville, NC : 4:46 AM ET
Here's an idea. All of those labeled "Young Hollywood" who spend their millions partying and throwing money away can get together, combine forces, and actually do some good for other human beings. Call me crazy, but maybe this is the lack of fulfillment they are searching for in the bottle and other drugs.
Posted By Anonymous Ginger, Battle Creek, Michigan : 11:34 AM ET
this links were really helpful, thanks cooper. as i stated in a past blog, your report on the commercial sexual exploitation of children in cambodia is a sibject that i was very much interested since i began my B.A. for international criminal justice in John Jay college for criminal justice. thanks again for shedding some light into this seedy international/transnational crime.
Posted By Anonymous Alex Wrizar, Bronx, N.Y. : 3:33 PM ET
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