Against Human Trafficking
In 2012 I joined the Human Trafficking Photography Expedition to Promote Social Change through Kaya Volunteer. Kaya place volunteers in many nonprofit and charitable organisations across the world. This trip was with a Thai nonprofit based near Chiang Mai in Thailand. We travelled to several villages in the north of the country, meeting people and seeing how their lives are affected by their isolation and poverty. The organisation was working towards prevention of child trafficking and sexual exploitation in the Northern regions of Thailand. They operated from a community development approach, targeting prevention at a local level, enabling intervention before the child becomes a victim. A strong relationship with community leaders and ‘at risk' families is essential and allowed the nonprofit to maintain open communication with target areas. Their physical presence enabled them to monitor progress and gain trust, understanding and respect from community members. In working with local organizations, community groups and schools, nonprofits aim towards prevention through education and empower families to collaborate in order to provide a save future for their children.