One of the most difficult aspects of sex trafficking is that it runs so deep into many other issues.  Poverty, corruption, lack of education, hunger… All have ties to the terrible crisis of sexual slavery that is happening all over the world.

There are a few fantastic organizations like the International Justice Mission that are dedicated to rescuing trafficked girls.  There are also many safe-houses and reintegration organizations working to care for girls once they have been taken out of the system.

But there are only a handful of organizations that are working to eradicate the root causes of sex trafficking in the first place.

There aren’t many, but there are some.

In a small slum community in Phnom Penh, for example, one organization is dedicated to reversing the cycle of misery…

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Next Steps
    • Want to learn more about the root causes of sex trafficking? Pick up Half the Sky by Nicholas Kristof. An absolute MUST READ for anyone concerned about women’s rights in the modern world.
    • Three of the ten girls in CGI’s Daughter’s Project ( are from the Alley. It will be incredibly transformative for them, but to cover the costs of food, lodging, security, transportation and everything in between, CGI needs $300 per month per girl. Few of us can do all of it, but all of us can do some of it. Consider sponsoring a daughter today!
    • Pray for the Alley. Although CGI is doing a lot of good there, the community has a long way to go if it ever hopes to pull itself out of poverty. Pray for patience, strength and provision. And pray that God would break the cycles of oppression that have continued for generations!
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About the Author: Barry is the founder and Executive Director of World Next Door. A storyteller, traveller and giant nerd, he lives to compel suburban Americans to get engaged with social justice and find their place in God's kingdom revolution. His ultimate dream is to adopt a pet monkey named Kevin.

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  1. Dave Rod said... 


    December 13th, 2010 at 10:51 am  

    The Alley. What a place to live. Where boy’s have never seen themselves in a mirror, girls just wait to be trafficked, and grandmas never get the chance to grow old.

  2. Steve B said... 


    December 13th, 2010 at 4:33 pm  

    He had to ask which one was him? Heartbreaking.

  3. kim said... 


    December 15th, 2010 at 10:08 am  

    the photos are beautiful, yet heartbreaking…

    shoes barry! you ALWAYS get to me with the “shoe shots” no matter where in the world you are. we suburbanites with our plethora of perfectly fitting shoes for every occasion, weather event…these children with MAYBE one pair of ill fitting flip flops playing in sludge. it just isn’t right.

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