Laos is one of the poorest countries in the world and a
target country for pedophiles and human traffickers. Because of poverty, lack
of education, and desperation, Lao street children, slum children, and
children in impoverished families are targets of organized sex trafficking
syndicates, both locally and internationally.
Lori and Matt work with street children, slum children, and girls who have been
sold or are at high risk of being sold to human traffickers. In order to help
protect and restore these children, the Manns are involved in five main
interventions: a day time drop-in center for street and slum children;
residential care for boys who were brought off the street and for girls who
were victims of human trafficking or are at high risk of being victims; a
scholarship program for children who would otherwise be sent to the city to
beg; and raising community awareness about issues such as child abuse, child
exploitation, and human trafficking. In Thailand, Matt is also involved
in leadership development and rural community development.
To protect their work in Laos, the Manns do not post
journals or photos on the internet. If you'd like to be added to their
email list and receive updates, please contact International Ministries at 800
Languages used: Lao and Thai
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