DEPDC operates a school and shelter in Northern Thailand for young girls (primarily Burmese and hill tribe ethnic minorities) at extremely high risk for being sold by their parents into sex slavery. Survivors of sex trafficking also live at the DEPDC shelter.
DEPDC’s founder Sompop Jantakra launched the program because he began to notice that all the young girls in his village were disappearing at the age of 10 or 11. He discovered that the children were being sold into prostitution. Firstly their virginity was sold (for about $300) at a hotel in town. This heinous practice involves selling a child to a client for 3-7 days, during which he can do whatever he wants to her, again and again. After this torturous initiation, the girls were then sold to brothels in larger cities, from which many never return.no comment