Dear OBV Children, Staff, Benefactors, Supporters, and Volunteers,
Thanksgiving is not just a few days of shopping, feasting, or being off from work, but an occasion to cultivate and express gratitude. Medical researches have shown that people who feel and show gratefulness increase their levels of happiness and optimism.
"Thankfulness creates gratitude, which generates contentment that causes peace." –Todd Stocker
At OBV, we count our blessings from all of you and from each and everyone of us. We make our blessings count, work diligently, gratefully, and happily with what we have, and seek to achieve more.
We wish you all happy and blessed Thanksgiving. We thank YOU for "Be a Voice, Lend a Hand, to Make a Difference, and Save a Life."
OBV Board of Directors
File photo of children waiting to reunite with their parents after police rescued them from human traffickers in Guiyang, southwest China's Guizhou province in 2009. (Photo: AFP)
OBV: OBV are proud to be part of this! As the article said "It falls short" - However, we believe in "one step at a time!" Please pray for us and those who involve in this fight, especially the Victims!
MP Christopher De Souza, who first mooted the Bill in 2013, said Singapore's role is to "partner" with victims and give them a sense of hope.
SINGAPORE: A new law dedicated at combating human trafficking was passed in Parliament on Monday (Nov 3), prescribing stiff penalties in the form of mandatory jail terms and fines.
Dear Ms. Joanna and the Women with a Cause,
One Body Village will like to extend our sincere gratitude for your kind donation of $882. 100% of this money will be used to RESCUE, REHABILITATE, and PREVENT child sex exploitation and trafficking in Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, and Singapore. Please continue to help RAISE AWARENESS. Visit our website OneBodyVillage.org often to get updated information about our work; to get dates and locations of upcoming events; and to get involved so that you too can continue to BE A VOICE, LEND A HAND, MAKE A DIFFERENCE, and SAVE A LIFE.
Within an hour, Dr. Thanh-Tam Nguyen had clearly explained to staff The United Nations' definition of Human Trafficking as the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harboring, or receipt of persons by improper means (such as force, abduction, fraud, or coercion) for an improper purpose including forced labor or sexual exploitation as well as the U.S. Government's definition of Sex Trafficking as a facet of Human Trafficking. Therefore, the mission of OBV is within the definition and scope of Human Trafficking, and focuses in child sex exploitation and trafficking.
It was a horrific instance of child sexual exploitation that went on for approximately three years. But in the end, Patricia and Matthew Ayers—who pled guilty to crimes against a child in their custody—were recently sentenced to an astonishing 2,340 years collectively behind bars (1,590 for her, 750 for him).
According to the federal judge who heard the case, the defendant's conduct was "about as serious as it gets," and that on a scale of one to 10, she believed the case was "way past 10." Then she sentenced the defendant—James Alfred Beckman, Jr. of Grand Rapids, Michigan—to 30 years in prison.
What crimes moved the judge in this case to hand down such a substantial prison term? Multiple counts of attempted sexual exploitation of a child, attempted coercion of a child, and receipt and distribution of child pornography. And in addition to the lengthy prison stay, the judge also imposed a lifetime term of supervised release on the defendant once he gets out, ordering that he register as a sex offender.
Ten years ago this month, the FBI stood up the Innocent Images International Task Force. Its mission: to investigate commercial websites—at that time mostly based in Eastern Europe—involved in the worldwide distribution of child pornography. A big task for a small but dedicated group of expert investigators from the U.S. and five other participating nations.
Fast forward to October 2014, and this group of investigators has grown from about a half dozen individuals to around 60 officers from nearly 40 countries. And the group's changed name—the Violent Crimes Against Children International Task Force—represents its expanded mission today: to identify and bring to justice anyone involved in violent child sexual exploitation activities, whether online or in person, and to identify and rescue the victims of these crimes no matter where in the world they may be.
On Saturday 8/30/2014, One Body Village was the proud recipient of the Lien Doan Chi Lang 1279' s Girl Scout Junior 2014 Bronze Award Junior Journey.
The four ten-years-old girls chose to fundraise for One Body Village. It is their year-long fundraising project for their Junior Journey, a leadership adventure and the highest honor a Girl Scout Junior can achieve. Their goal was $500. However, with their passion and parental support, they were able to raise $2,760.00. What a committed achievement!
One Body Village sincerely appreciates the Girl Scout Juniors for their leadership and support of OBV Mission.
After many months of planning, organizing, and rallying, on Friday 10/24/2014 at Chateau Crystale, about 500 people gathered together for an evening of awareness, fundraising and disco dancing. Attendees, dressed in the 70's fashion with mini-skirts, maxi dresses, tie-dyed shirts, bell-bottoms, Go-go boots, and Afro hairstyles...
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.