Two weeks ago, I announced a unique, once-in-a-lifetime volunteering opportunity in the mountains of northern Vietnam.
I’d like to thank everyone who helped spread the message, and those of you who came forward with the many excellent applications.
The position has now been filled by Daragh, a marketing and business consultant from Sydney, who impressed me greatly with her experience and attitude.
A second marketing and communications professional, Roxanne, has volunteered her talents from Auckland.
Simone, from Vancouver, will also be coming on board to assist with administration and coordination.
Daragh, Roxanne and Simone have all offered their skills to The Human, Earth Project – for a limited time.
They’ll be spearheading a final, make-or-break fundraising campaign to save Sisters For Sale, our feature-length documentary exposing the complex realities of human trafficking.
Others are coming forward to join them, skilled and unskilled, from all corners of the globe.
Some have a lot to offer. Others bring what they can – perhaps a few hours here and there, or a valuable introduction.
Sisters For Sale has been running on empty for years. Many people want to see it finished – but how much do they want it?
Sisters For Sale could make a very real difference against the global human trafficking crisis – or it could simply disappear. It’s no longer in my hands: I’ve done all I can. It’s up to you now.
The campaign, launching in September, will involve the release of some very special news, stories and footage. If you think you know what’s coming, you’re in for a surprise.
To keep up with the news, hop on the mailing list here. If you want to be part of the team, contact Simone at:
If Spanish or French is your first language, help us raise awareness of human trafficking by sharing these new versions with your networks.
On a darker note…
In the coming months, I’ll be partnering with Ethos, an ethical trekking outfit operated by some very good friends of mine in Vietnam, who do fantastic work in assisting the local communities.
Over the past seventeen months, a disgusting series of attacks has been launched against Ethos by a larger rival organisation and their little Australian troll.
When I spoke out in defence of Ethos last year, my own work was also attacked by the same people, who targeted both my friends in Sapa, and supporters via social media.
The attacks have involved, amongst other things, the circulation of vicious rumours using both real and fake Facebook pages and profiles, and the deception, manipulation and exploitation of young women, including a recent survivor of human trafficking.
Incredibly, the attacks have continued against Ethos to this very day. With the coming fundraising campaign, it seems likely that these attacks will resume also against my own work with The Human, Earth Project.
These attacks have had a very real, very negative effect not only on Ethos and myself, but on the local communities of Sapa. Until now, neither Ethos or I have made any form of counterattack – but that can’t last.
I consider the perpetrators of these attacks no better than the human traffickers they assist by delaying and damaging my work. I have no doubt that this opinion will be shared widely, if and when the ugly details of their attacks are made public.
For an organisation that relies so heavily on outside support and public opinion, they’ve left a very long and highly embarrassing trail. They have a great deal to lose and very little to gain by resuming their attacks, whether directly or via their nasty little troll.
I, on the other hand, have very little left to lose, and very little patience remaining for this kind of behaviour.
If you see The Human, Earth Project, Ethos or myself slandered by dubious sources on social media, please let me know.
Buckle up: whatever happens in the coming months, it’s going to be quite a ride.