These photos are taken primarily in and around Pariti Emmanuel's village in the Eastern provence of Rwanda. To watch Emmanuel's Story click here.
When the topics of rape, prostitution, and sex trafficking are brought to attention, Japan is not often the first country people think of as being a region of the world struggling with such issues. However, in the past decade Japan has been known to be home to more than 10,000 commercial sex establishments, which has accounted for approximately 3 percent of the country's GNP. And, as in most countries exploiting the the sex industry, Japan's demand for sex often exceeds their ability to supply willing participants. The result of this is the trafficking of young women from all over the world in order that these services may remain available.
Through the power of public pressure and criticism, the world has already once seen the government of Japan make changes, stoping it's once well know 'Sex Tours'. It can happen again!
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has. - Margaret Mead
In order to protect the identity and safety of the man featured in this story I have blurred his face. However, I felt it was still important to tell his story, and the story of those he helps.
In remote parts of the Burmese jungle, people are dying from easily treated conditions like diarrhea because of a lack of medical care. Burma is a complicated land. Having been under military rule since 1962, civil war has been constant and oppression and human rights abuses even more frequent - A reality the government does not like to acknowledge. It therefore limits the access of aid workers and often keeps these people from getting the help they so desperately need.
This incredible man, at the risk of his own life, travels in to these remote jungle villages to aid these people, using his experience and abilities to quite literally save these people lives.