Book was born in 2006 in a poor family living in the province of Chonburi, between Bangkok and Pattaya in Thailand. Since very young, Book lived with his grandmother who forced him to beg in the streets.
In that dangerous environment, Book was sexually abused. He told his grandmother he wanted to stop begging and wanted to go to school because he wanted to learn and to be protected from people who could abuse him again. His grandmother didn't allow him to stop begging and go to school. Money was really in need. Despite the struggle and pain, she wanted him to beg in the streets every day.
Sexual exploitation of children in Thailand is a well-known situation neglected by society. An estimated 30.000 to 40.000 children are sexually exploited, excluding non-Thai children.
An estimated 30.000 to 40.000 children are sexually exploited in Thailand
Three months ago, Terre des Hommes’ partner in the area identified Book in the streets. He was sent to a shelter to get the support he needed to recover from the abusive situations he had suffered.
In Thailand, Terre des Hommes Netherlands tackles sexual exploitation. The programme is implemented in Bangkok and Pattaya where we support a shelter for child victims and survivors of sexual exploitation. Our interventions focus on strengthening the capacity of policy-makers, law enforcement and officers in judiciary system in addressing online child sexual abuse and exploitation, we raise awareness on sexual abuse and exploitation in the communities and public spaces, and we give reintegration of child victims of sexual abuse and exploitation.
Book enrolled Terre des Hommes’ programme and he was provided with counselling, peer support and vocational training.
Now, three months later and despite Book still needs assistance and support to overcome the psychological consequences of sexual abuse and legal help to help him testify against alleged offenders, he feels safe.