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!