Posted by: BPSOS | November 13, 2008

Key Briefs & Reports: Guests Crowd Philly Fundraiser to Fight Human Trafficking

picture11Community leaders auction a piece of art at the November 2 fundraiser in Philadelphia to benefit CAMSA.

November 13, 2008: Nearly 300 Philadelphia-area community leaders took part in a November 2 fundraising event to increase awareness of human trafficking and raise funds for the Coalition to Abolish Modern-day Slavery in Asia (CAMSA). The event, which took place at Philadelphia’s SaiGon Maxim Restaurant, was co-hosted by the Vietnamese Hung Vuong Association (VHVA) and Boat People SOS (BPSOS).

The event aimed to raise money to boost CAMSA’s work to rescue and protect victims, punish traffickers through economic and legal means, and pressure the governments of source and destination countries to enact and enforce anti-trafficking laws and policies.

Human trafficking is an enormous problem for Vietnamese children and women around the world. Many victims are sold into slavery and become indentured servants or sex workers in countries such as China, Thailand, Taiwan, Korea, and Malaysia. Men frequently end up overworked in dirty and dangerous jobs, and often find their wages slashed or withheld.

The event included presentations by Dr. Nguyen Dinh Thang, executive director of BPSOS, and Jackie Bong Wright, a former Miss Vietnam. Live entertainment and an eight-course meal were provided. A total of $4,460 was raised for CAMSA.

VHVA and BPSOS extend their warmest thanks to all who helped make this event a success, from our dedicated volunteers to the generous guests and donors who are enabling CAMSA to carry the fight to the human traffickers.

For more information about CAMSA, BPSOS, or human trafficking, please call 703.538.2190.

For more information regarding VHVA’s programs and activities, please visit http://www.flickr.com/photos/HHV-Phila or call 215.592.6538.

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