CAMPAIGN AGAINST  CHILD SEX EXPLOITATION AND TRAFFICKING

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10/14/14

It is yet another example of how social media can be dangerous for young people. Recently, a Houston man was sentenced to 40 years in prison on child sex trafficking charges after identifying and contacting young girls through social media platforms and then luring them into prostitution.

Back in 2012, 20-year-old Tevon Harris—aka "Da Kidd" or "King Kidd"—didn't have a legitimate job. He lived on and off with his mother but mostly moved from one motel room to the next. And he was very good at manipulating people. Harris trolled social media websites looking for vulnerable young girls he could sexually exploit. Online, he complimented them. He offered them modeling jobs. And he promised them lots of money.

Sunday, 05 October 2014 00:00

OBV mailing address


We apologize that your mails and kind donations may have been returned during the transitions to the new mailing address in the last two months.  This issue has been resolved.  If possible, please re-send your mail to us:

One Body Village 445 Sugar Gate Court, Lawrenceville, GA 30044

Thank you and sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused.

Monday, 13 October 2014 00:00

Dad's coming home

Knowing Dad was coming home, after eating lunch, the children tried to smarten themselves up and stood at the door to wait for Dad. But later, they all could go to the bus station to pick him up.

Sunday, 14 September 2014 00:00

OBV Announcement

Dear Everyone,

We are currently working on the picture database.  There will be many disrupted or missing pictures from the website.

Please be patient, and sorry for the inconvenience.

On receipt of an email from uncle (an endearing term I use for Father Thong) about a request for help from OBV as their daughter has been missing for over two weeks along with her friend also in 8th grade, I tried to find a way to contact the victim's family and arranged a meeting the next day at their home, which is close to mine.

Within about 15 minutes, I received another email from the mother which started with an apology before enquiring about the fees we charge for finding and rescuing her daughter so the family can try to work something out. Honestly, I was quite stunned to receive this email. Luckily, she apologised first. I responded that OBV operates as a non-profit organisation, so if it is within our capacity we will do all we can to assist for free and assured her that the family should not be concerned about this. (When we met later, I realised why she had asked such a question.)

In order to raise the awareness about child sex trafficking, One Body Village is distributing the “Musical Play THE LIFE I LEFT BEHIND” DVD FREE of charge.

Wednesday, 10 September 2014 00:00

A Visitor's Good Will

In the last few days I had been receiving e-mails from Father Martino with the approval to let guests visit our OBV home in Vietnam. A lady called us when she was still in the U.S. to express her excitement and enthusiasm to meet the children.

Mrs. Hoang Ngo and her family.

Two days later a call came in from Mrs. Ngo's Vietnamese phone number and we decided on a time and place to meet. When she asked if the children would like to have anything, I answered, "Your visiting us is more than enough." But she insisted on some kind of gift, so my response was, "Anything edible and usable." She spent that whole afternoon to buy rice, milk, oil and hygienic articles for the girls. Her enthusiasm was so overwhelming that it aroused my suspicion. Just to make sure, I asked her about the e-mails from her side. She stated not knowing of any e-mails because her nephew was the one who had sent them. I asked further for his name, but she wavered and could not answer.

SANTA ANA, Calif. (KABC) -- Two men and one woman have been charged in the kidnapping and repeated torture of a prostitute in Orange County motels.

The three suspects were identified as Renice Stevenson Flores-Davis, 26, of Costa Mesa, Oscar Gonzalez-Salinas, 33, of Costa Mesa and Cierra Rose Thompson, 27, of Silverton, Oregon.

All three suspects were arrested at the Days Inn on the 2100 block of Newport Boulevard in Costa Mesa Monday.

 

A year ago One Body Village was chosen to be the 2013-2014 Grant recipient from Union of North American Vietnamese Student Associations, a non-profit, community-based organization founded in 2004 of Vietnamese undergraduates, graduates, and young professionals.

And... toward the end of the eleventh annual leadership conference from July 24 – 27, 2014, the CPP team of UNAVSA presented to OBV president a BIG CHECK of $85,849.88 — the largest amount UNAVSA had ever raised for its CPP recipient in the last 10 years. The VSA at George Mason University (Virginia) was named the TOP for raising more than 8 thousand dollars, and together with other Vietnamese Student Associations in the Mid-Atlantic region (MAUVSA) they raised more than 25 thousand dollars for this year CPP.

The grant will help OBV to push stronger in our effort to prevent, rescue, raise and rehabilitate young male victims of child sex trafficking.

OBV appreciates UNAVSA's recognition of OBV Mission and Vision, and looks forward to our close collaboration in the coming year.

Sincerely,

One Body Village

In this June, 2014 image from video provided by the FBI, authorities raid a hotel in Jackson, Mississippi. When FBI agents and police officers fanned out across the country last month in a weeklong effort to rescue child sex trafficking victims, they pulled kids as young as 11 from dingy motel rooms, truck stops and homes. (AP Photo/FBI)

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