Wednesday, November 21, 2007


The last three days have been a great reminder of the time we spent in South East Asia last year.  We are also reminded of what it was like to have a 56K dial up modem and the frustrations of trying to book a few simple airplane tickets.  It's been a busy, but very productive three days here in Phnom Penh and are heading out today to to spend Thanksgiving in another region.  Thanks guys for your thoughts and prayers.  Were out heading out to catch a boat that will hopefully take us to a somewhat faster internet connection.  Happy Thanksgiving!

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Paradoxical Surprises

Some say Bangkok is a shock to your system. Others describe as a gateway to paradise where everything is permissible and everything goes. To the later, I have to agree. With it’s colossal economic chasm between the very wealthy and the very poor, Bangkok certainly is a paradoxical surprise.

Despite living in New York City for a number of years, never have I witnessed such blatant sexual propositions, lewd business transactions and nausea over salivating men, who haven chosen just mere teenagers for a night of "pleasure", than I did sitting in a ubiquitous Bangkok hotel lobby for a mere hour and a half.

At least four groups of men, both young and old, Asian and non-Asian, escorted their clearly younger and far more attractive, woman outside: feigning intimacy before living out what-ever perverted fantasy they couldn’t do within the confines of their own marriages with these young girls.

Out of the all throngs of mates (I mean, what’s sex between friends, right?) most surprisingly to me was the young, attractive American, who, after simple chit-chat handed his prized “non-person” (No need for names, right? Let’s not get too personal.) for the night 100 Baht (equivalent to about three U.S. dollars) in an effort to coax into a car already packed car of his fellow lads.

As sickening as it is to imagine this young women being shared among adults, who, clearly know better, and, oh-by-the-way, are clearly married, it is even harder to witness in person knowing that hundreds of thousands of girls are forced, raped and beaten into submission to live out the sexual desires of a man who thinks of them as no more than a common commodity- a drink during a night out on the town with the boys.

Granted, many of the so-called “call-girls” one witnesses, conducting business as usual in even the grimiest of Bangkok hotels, are there by their own volition, not with standing the events which led them into prostitution in the first place. Still, those girls help keep this already multi-billion dollar industry thriving among Asia's extraordinary economic boom.

Tomorrow we head to Cambodia where the dirty underbelly of this industry continues to flourish on girls as young as pre-schoolers.

We are overwhelmed with the enormity of this issue- still we press on- remaining confident in this, that He who has begun a good work within us will complete it.

In hope and prayer,


Saturday, November 17, 2007

Eating beef and chicken....

Hello, we're on our layover at Taipei, Taiwan before our final destination!  

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Somaly Mam & Guy Jacobson

Just recently we were invited to a event at the UN for the launch of Somaly Mam's organization here in the U.S. We have spoken about her before and if you haven't had a chance to check out their work I suggest you do. (

We were honored to have meet up with Somaly and a few of our team members got the chance to catch up with a couple of girls from one of Somaly's Cambodian shelters.

Also we at the event launch we screened Guy Jacobson's new film "Holly" produced by Priority Films. ( Guy has been working intensively on this film for the past few years and is an amazing depiction of what is still going on in South East Asia.