Susan, Sammy and Baby Joe* – Three Treasures in the Dirt
One of the most dramatic trafficking cases that XP Missions has been involved with was the rescue of three little children – treasures found in the dirty streets of Pattaya. We found them covered with dirt, and begging on the roadside. We took them for dinner and found out that the 14-year-old girl and her 6-year-old brother were offered for sale to foreigners every night in Pattaya. The 1-year-old was only used for begging purposes, but we know from other cases, it’s only a short matter of time before they are also sexually molested.
The children were desperate for help. The 14-year-old girl was badly burned on the whole front of her body. The 6-year-old boy had a fractured nose and every night we saw him, he had fresh blood dried on his face. The 1-year-old had a cigarette burn on the side of his cheek.
These children had been trafficked by their stepfather to make money for his drug habit. He met with us after a few days, as he thought that we want to buy his daughter as a slave. He offered the girl to us for about $2,500 USD and he didn’t seem to care what we were going to use her for.
We worked with the police and they organized a raid to extract the children. The children were picked up, as was their mother, and placed in a safe shelter. Unfortunately, the father escaped the police. Subsequently, the mother was not charged with trafficking. Their mother reunited the children with the stepfather, who was so upset that he beat up the little boy and sent him to the hospital with a broken arm and a broken leg.
Our hearts were broken over the situation, but our hands were tied, as it had become a police matter. We prayed and prayed for these children, and then a few months later, we miraculously found them in Poipet, Cambodia, living with a different relative. Due to the father escaping, the police didn’t have enough evidence to place the children in protective shelter. The father works in Thailand so the children have a much better chance now that they are no longer sold and exploited. We continue to monitor them to make sure they are safe and doing well.
*Not their real names.