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Ex-monk takes on Thai sex trafficking

January 4, 2021

Human trafficking for enforced labour, the sex trade and coerced marriage engulfs an estimated 40 million victims worldwide, most of them women and children. Many are destitute refugees and migrants. Every year, more risk being drawn into this illicit trade, a highly lucrative form of organised crime estimated to be worth US$150 billion a year. Operating out of a Buddhist monastery in Bangkok, a former Indonesian businessman and monk, Hartanto Gunawan, has dedicated the past 16 years to providing girls from northern Thailand with another option to selling their bodies.

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EDITORS Christopher Kelly and Stevie Bee 

DESIGN Stevie Bee

 

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