More witnesses have come forward in the ongoing Portsmouth, OH trafficking case.
FFW was formed in 1984 when we established a Women’s Information Center providing advice to Thai women who were to go abroad. In 1986, we opened a women’s shelter for victims of domestic violence. In 1988, FFW expanded its activities with the launch of a community-based education project (Kamla) to inform people about the problems of child prostitution and to counter the propaganda spread by agents working for international and national trafficking networks. The Kamla Project was illustrated in the UN Plan of Action Combating the Sale of Children, Child Prostitution and Child Pornography in 1992 as an example to combating child prostitution by launching public education. In 1991, the experience gained from the community-based work led to the launch of the “Weaving New Life” Project. The project combined the public education/media production work of FFW with the training of village residents as volunteer development workers to assist women and children in their communities. While working for gender equality/equity and social justice, FFW encourages the participation of women and community in solving their problems and collaborating with authorities at all levels in shaping plans and policies that affect the lives of women and children.