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Published December 1st 2017
End child sex slavery today
5.5 million child victims were trafficked into slavery in 2016 and Project Karma's goal is to fight child sexual exploitation - whenever, by whoever and wherever it occurs. This week, Project Karma launched an awareness campaign to help raise funds and spur action to end this societal tragedy.
During a night filled with glitterati and paparazzi, the beautiful and powerful people of Melbourne gathered to raise money and help with a cause worthier than most. As Whitney Houston sang "I believe our children are the future" but what future do we have when the youngest and most vulnerable are sold into sexual slavery and exploited and damaged beyond repair?
2 million children are trapped in the commercial sex trade and the global industry for underage sex trafficking sits at over $36.6 billion annually. As if that isn't bad enough, this figure is rising by 15 per year.
Under the leadership of founder Glen Hulley who spent 13 years in the Victorian Police Force, Project Karma sets out to deliver results by working in local communities in Asia. Most charity groups addressing this problem are just about saving the children, but Project Karma is about saving the community.
It does this through a four-pronged approach. First, they investigate and help government and law enforcement bring child sex offenders to justice. Secondly, they rescue and remove kids from harm. They also work with governments to change laws to protect children. Finally, Project Karma also partners with local organisations, to educate communities and rehabilitate the kids and help them to lead full lives.
The Awareness Launch Party was a night of great fun, food and beats provided by DJ James. The Glass Merchants was a fantastic venue and the menu of finger food was great. Nobody forgot why we were there though, and amidst all the schmoosing, raffle tickets were bought, merchandise was purchased and stories were exchanged about ways to make significant changes in the world.
So how can you help? There are ways to support Project Karma suited to everyone's circumstances: 1. Become a business sponsor 2. Donate 3. Follow Project Karma on social media and share information
4. Hold a fundraiser
5. Volunteer skills, services or expertise.
Head to the Project Karma website and choose your plan. Remember, in Manila alone one-tenth of the 200 000 street children are child sex trafficking victims...