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Two human trafficking survivors to speak at UNF

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'I lost my choice. I lost my voice. I lost myself,' said Srey Neth, a survivor or human sex trafficking. Sadly, Neth is one of 800,000 people trafficked each year.

Neth went on to say about her life as a victim, 'I was worth nothing to them but money.' She would have to service anywhere from 2-20 customers a night. Her traffickers beat her and sometimes electrocuted her. And then the odds finally caught up with this young girl. She discovered that she was HIV positive, contracted from one of her customers.

Neth’s story is becoming more common and is not confined to other countries. The second most profitable criminal industry in the world has stretched out its diseased hand and stroked our community, bringing with it tormented, voiceless victims just like Neth.

Because Jacksonville is finding that it’s not immune to the travesties of human trafficking, Amnesty International-UNF/Northeast Florida Chapter, Transitions Global and the Northeast Florida Human Trafficking Task Force are hosting a discussion forum with two Cambodian guest speakers who are survivors of human trafficking. This Human Trafficking Awareness Event will take place on Friday, October 22 from 11:30-1 p.m. on the UNF campus, Building 58W, Ballroom B.

Additionally, they’ll be on Friday’s Channel 4 Morning Show, followed by Melissa Ross at 9 a.m. on WJCT 89.9 radio, and this Sunday morning at Jacksonville Life Church at 10 a.m.

These two women from Cambodia were once victims of sex trafficking before being rescued and provided a home by Transitions Global (TG). They have now graduated from TG’s program and use their experiences to speak-up, raising awareness about the issues of human trafficking and the girls who are still held captive in the greedy and perverted clutches of traffickers.

Hopefully, these two speakers are only the beginning of success stories to come, at least until human trafficking has been eradicated. Until then, we have results-driven organizations like TG that has a home offering refuge to 20 girls at a time while experiencing a 79.6% success rate. Separating themselves apart from the world-wide success rate of 22%, TG has raised their own bar in defining “real success”, restoring these former victims’ dignity, self-respect and realization that their dreams are attainable.

Not surprisingly, Neth is another TG success story and sums it up best: “It has been five years, but I have found my home. I have found my voice. And I am finding myself.”

For more information on the UNF Human Trafficking Awareness Event, email amnesty.jax@gmail.com

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  • Profile picture of Beverly Mucha
    Beverly Mucha 3 years ago

    Thank you for writing this, such an important topic. It is horrible that this exists at all.
    -Winona Cooking Examiner

  • Sherrie Clark 3 years ago

    Thank you, Beverly. Yes, it is an atrocious crime, and awareness is so crucial in striving towards eradicating this inhumanity of the vulnerable.

  • Ms. "V" 3 years ago

    Thanks Sherry. I didn't know that this was happening in Jacksonville until you told me. We've got to keep an eye on our children. No fear but caution. It's not as safe as it use to be.
    exm.nr/MsVPoller

  • Sherrie Clark 3 years ago

    Thank you, MsVPoller, for your interest. Unfortunately, it's happening everywhere.

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