Often times people want to help others but do not know how. This cannot be any truer than when it comes to helping abused men and boys. The resources sometimes are not apparent and are often difficult to find. Sometimes the resources are hidden or even barred by other groups who wish to polarize the issue. The intent here is to provide those who wish to help male victims with the opportunity to do so.
Please remember that you do no have to empty your wallets to help. Even a small donation can go a long way. And for those on the other side of the issue, it would go a long way to demonstrating real concern for all victims if you donated as well.
Special note: One of the individuals who works with this group emailed me. She asked about my blog and the type of work I do. She was interested because of my posts about trafficking of men and boys. Urban Light is one of the few organizations in the world that reaches out to specifically male victims of sex trafficking.
They are based out of Thailand, which has a very high rate of sex trafficking, especially with children. With so few organizations that help abused boys, it is important to support those who. I urge readers to spread the word about the organization. You can link to this post or (better) link to the organization’s website or Facebook page.
According to the United Nations, there are over 27 million modern-day slaves in the world. These numbers are often under-reported but Urban Light exists to change that. The stories of these young men can no longer be neglected. Many of them are forced to move from the hill-tribe villages of Chiang Mai into the night life of the red light district. In order to find work and provide for their families, many fall victim to a harsh life stuck in the sex trafficking system.
Urban Light is one of the only organizations of their kind to specifically focus on helping young men and providing an outlet for safety, health and renewal. Most people in Thailand and around the world don’t want to acknowledge the existence of male sex trafficking and exploitation – but Urban Light is here to educate, advocate and bring attention to the dark realities these young men face.
Please donate and help make a difference.