Reposted from Dark Bali
As COVID-19 has spread throughout the globe, we have surveyed the organizations in our coalition to find out how things have changed and what they need at this time.
The answers are sobering:
"The women and girls still stuck in the red light districts are starving. They have no food and are not being fed by the brothel owners and pimps. Because the brothels have temporarily closed down, the women and girls have no way of making money to purchase basic food and hygiene supplies. They cannot work, but they cannot leave. They are desperate and have called us asking if we can just bring some rice because they are so hungry.”
“We cannot intake new survivors because we don’t have the budget for the COVID-19 tests and quarantine required to keep our staff and residents safe and healthy.”
“The poor in our community are even more desperate. They have no food and are sending their daughters to the cities to look for work, and we know that the recruiters offering these ‘jobs’ are actually traffickers. Even though we provide prevention education, the need for food makes it a risk that they are willing to take. We want to help feed these impoverished families while they cannot work so that they don’t send their daughters away.”