Last night I went to Cornerstone's viewing of The Sold Project. A series of short documentaries highlighting the exploitation of children in Thailand.
They explained how poverty and lack of education are key factors in this vicious cycle.
The SOLD Project has focused their energy on PREVENTION. They feel the best way to keep children from entering the sex industry, either by force, coercion or default, is by helping to provide an education. While public education is free in Thailand, many families cannot afford the books and uniforms mandatory for attending school.
The SOLD Project has started a scholarship fund for children in poor high-risk villages. They have an on-site case manager who assesses the local children's needs, and helps them to apply for the scholarships.
Last night at Cornerstone ALL the children they had profiles for were sponsored! However, that does not mean their work is done. It just means the case manager can keep finding more kids to help.
Check them out. Also check out the film schedule. They are on tour, so it just might be coming to a city near you.