“We found ourselves standing shoulder to shoulder with predators in a small room, looking at young girls through a pane of glass. All of the girls wore red dresses with a number pinned to their dress for identification.
They sat, blankly watching cartoons on TV. They were vacant, shells of what a child should be. There was no light in their eyes, no life left. Their light had been taken from them. These children…raped each night… seven, ten, fifteen times every night. They were so young. Thirteen, eleven… it was hard to tell. Sorrow covered their faces with nothingness.
Except one girl. One girl who wouldn’t watch the cartoons. Her number was 146. She was looking beyond the glass. She was staring out at us with a piercing gaze. There was still fight left in her eyes. There was still life left in this girl….”
Sixteen years ago, co-founders of Love 146 began the organization using the number of a girl they saw in a brothel in Southeast Asia – she had the number 146 pinned to her dress. Since then, Love146 has been working to prevent child trafficking & exploitation, care for survivors, and empower a growing movement. Love is the foundation of their motivation. Read more about Love146 on their website: https://love146.org/