The Dark Side of Travelling

Travelling is wonderful. But how often do we think about the darker side of the countries we travel in? We might see a sign in an airport or a story on the news about human trafficking. We feel bad for a moment, and then we forget about it and get back to our lives. What would happen if someone you know was human trafficked? Could you still forget about it?

One Story of Human Trafficking

Ben Randall, a photographer and film maker, befriended a 15-year-old Hmong girl, M, during his travels in Vietnam. He learned later that M had been kidnapped and trafficked across the border to China. She may have been put into indentured labour, but it’s much more likely she was forced into marriage or prostitution. While we don’t often hear these human trafficking stories, they happen every day. There are an estimated 30 million human trafficking victims and the number is growing.

What difference can one individual make?

It would have been easy to just forget about this past travel acquaintance, but Ben had to do something to help. Ben is searching for what happened to M and using his background in film-making and photography to bring more awareness of the global problem of human trafficking.

What difference can you make?

We’re not asking you to do what Ben has done — give up his job and put his life on hold to search for M using his personal savings. But we are asking for a little help so he can finish the documentary and get this story out to the world. This video explains the project in more detail; please take three minutes to watch it.

You can make a difference: please donate to the project (it is quick and easy!), then share it on social media using the buttons below. As part of the crowdfunding campaign, you can also purchase beautiful photos of some of the people on Ben’s journey and even have your name in the movie credits. Click here to visit ‘The Human, Earth Project’ crowdfunding page. Don’t forget to share! Share this Human Trafficking Story on Facebook    Share this Human Trafficking Story on Twitter   Share this Human Trafficking Story onGoogle    Share this Human Trafficking Story on Pinterest

Jenny is rebooting her life. She is leaving everything behind to backpack the world as a digital nomad. She doesn’t know when, where, or if she’s coming home.

  • Marysia @ My Travel Affairs

    I keep my fingers crossed for Ben and for finding M!

  • Ellen Bard

    Thanks for posting about this, it’s so important we don’t forget about those who are not as lucky as many of us as we travel.

  • Barry O’Kane

    It is very inspiring to see people like Ben actually standing up and taking action against this sort of horrific crime.

  • @TravelEater

    Thank you for sharing this important story!

  • Isabelle Rizo

    Thank you for raising awareness for this amazing project

  • John Bardos – JetSetCitizen

    Thanks for the support Jenny. Good luck with the Never North launch!

  • Brigham Francisco

    Thanks for the info!
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  • Hamish Healy

    HumanTrafficking. It’s true. Most countries in the world suffer from this scourge.
    Although it does seem to be more prevalent in the underdeveloped places in Asia
    and Africa. Let’s not be insensitive to it.

  • Brian Dean

    You are so
    generous! I just love finding beautiful and artistic freebies like this. They
    really brighten up my day, thank you!


    Ben is an amazing person! What a great story thank you so much for sharing!