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My name is Patrick Téa and I started Voices of the Broken in January of 2011. Just days after I had a life changing moment when I came across a video called “Road to Traffik” produced by The Somaly Mam Foundation. This mini-documentary is about the horrific reality of sex trafficking in Cambodia and highlights a true hero of hope to all the victims: Somaly Mam. Herself an ex-sex-slave, Somaly has dedicated her life to saving young girls from brothels and giving them a much brighter future.
Maybe it was the fact that my dad was born in Cambodia or that I have many fond childhood memories playing with my cousins and nieces who immigrated to Canada from Cambodia, but “Road to Traffik” definitely struck a nerve in me that hasn’t been touched ever before. Not like this. Even the way a lot of the girls talked and how they looked like in the film reminded me so much of my own family. To think that, if my cousins and nieces had not immigrated here, they may very well have been one of those victims in the video… The thought of it made me sick to the core.
Even if this website is able to enlighten a few people who then go on to donate to an organization fighting against sex slavery or write a letter to their local politician or organize a social event in their community raising awareness, then it’s all worth it.
Watching “Road to Traffik” gave me a chance to discover one of my life’s main purposes: raising awareness about global sex trafficking and inspiring people to move to action. Voices of the Broken is simply my way of how I chose to do this. I can only hope that you discover something on our website that sparks you to join us in ridding this world of this disease.
Raise your voice!
PS: In case you were curious about the video I’m talking about, here it is: