Lock Paper Scissors has partnered with Project Justice International from 2018 - 2021 to help protect the vulnerable (and we're looking forward to renewing our partnership soon!). While we're playing, they're working tirelessly to end child trafficking and poverty in Laos and Thailand.
Thailand is a source, destination, and transit country for children subjected to forced labor and sex trafficking. Thai victims of trafficking are forced, coerced, or defrauded into labor or sex trafficking.
Children from Thailand, Burma, Laos, and Cambodia are victims of sex trafficking in brothels, massage parlors, bars, karaoke lounges, hotel rooms, and private residences.
Although most (53 percent) identified victims were younger than 18 years old, the government has limited specialized services for child trafficking victims. Some children picked up in police raids were separated from their parents and, if undocumented, forced to choose between spending years in a shelter or being deported by themselves.
Project Justice International works alongside local and international authorities across south-east Asia to investigate and rescue innocent children who are trapped in this trade. We work with law enforcement, anti-trafficking teams, NGOs, and other governmental agencies in the areas of investigation and rescue operations to protect from child-trafficking and to protect them from further abuse.
We focus on a holistic approach to combat child-trafficking by:
Project Justice works to prevent child trafficking.
We run Trafficking Prevention Programs in villages and schools where there is a high risk of trafficking and/or exploitation of young people. Our Trafficking Prevention Programs are designed to raise awareness about the risks and signs of trafficking; to equip young people and parents with information and strategies so they can avoid themselves or their children becoming victims.
We identify trafficking ‘hotspots’ based on local knowledge of areas that have a history of trafficking or exploitation, and also areas where desperate poverty and/or drug addiction create vulnerability to exploitation by traffickers.
Our Trafficking Prevention Programs are vital: without them at-risk young people are in danger of exploitation.
Justice for child victims is at the heart of our work.
We work to prosecute traffickers and sex offenders, to ensure they are held accountable for their crimes.
We provide survivors with legal counsel and offer representation for those victims who undertake criminal proceedings to prosecute traffickers and/or offenders.
We also offer repatriation assistance for survivors who need to be returned to their country of origin.
Project Justice works with trafficking survivors to see them holistically restored.
Our aim is always to empower the individual to be restored and independently reintegrated back into the community.
We partner with other organisations and governmental agencies to provide:
We work alongside local law enforcement, anti-trafficking teams, NGOs and other government agencies in areas of investigation and rescue of children and young people who are victims of human trafficking, forced labour, exploitation and child pornography.
Project Justice believes that education is the most powerful prevention method, for a range of reasons. If children are educated, they are far more likely to progress onto the next stage of their life journey, to dream big for their future, and to have the knowledge and skills required to make their dream a reality.
We empower children through educational scholarships and provide the support that children and youth need to ensure they have the means to dream big for their future.
Our team work daily with each child in our program to make sure they have the support needed to truly thrive including uniforms, shoes, backpacks and stationery.
To further support the children's education, Project Justice built and established a Tutoring Centre that operates every weekday in Wiangsa Village, providing educational support to children from Wiangsa Village.
In Laos we have initiated our Growing Hope project which produces crops and sells back to the local community as a micro-enterprise and provides part-time work for the teenagers in our program.
12 of the girls in this project have been rescued out of the sex-trafficking trade.
10 of the boys in this project all come from at-risk situations, such as being orphaned to coming from low socio-economic areas with no access to schooling.
Project Justice's Impact Gym in Chiang Rai is a commercial fitness centre project focused on funding and supporting community development in Northern Thailand. Impact Gym CR offers memberships, personal training, supplement and gym equipment purchase.
Profit generated at Impact Gym CR is utilised to fund various community development programs and initiatives, including supporting Anti-Trafficking organisations, children’s homes and safe houses, community development work, educational scholarships, and skill development for the community.
Life Skills Training Program is focused on up-skilling at-risk youths from low socio-economic areas of Northern Thailand. This increases their employability, their ability to generate income to support themselves and their family. The students in this program participate in on-site vocational training through variety of jobs requested by the local community as well as facilitate a furniture manufacturing micro-enterprise.
Initially, Project Justice was launched out of a mission to rescue girls who were subjected to the child-trafficking syndicates in South-East Asia.
However, as our mission to empower children has evolved, the beneficiaries of the projects have evolved.
Short term goals
Founder and director of Project Justice.
Somkiat has an in-depth understanding of all aspects of sex trafficking in Thailand and Laos, with over 15 years of experience working in the Anti-Human Trafficking field.
Somkiat's experience includes:
International Director/Chief Operating Officer
After obtaining a Bachelor of Learning Management, Rikky taught in a number of schools in Australia before moving to Thailand to launch a range of community development projects.
In February 2017 Rikky joined the Project Justice team, and has been an integral part of Project Justice's impact across south-east Asia.
Project Justice International is a registered Non Government Organisation (NGO) in Thailand which is governed by six board of Directors. Somkiat is the Chairman of the Project Justice board, and Rikky is also a member of the board of Directors. The remaining 4 directors are members of the Chiang Rai Community.
Project Justice has a team of 7 staff who are dedicated to empowering the lives of the children,youth and families in our sphere of influence Each of these staff members are involved in the daily workings of Project Justice over range of projects, from Prevention Initiatives to Vocational Training and Rescues.
Project Justice also partners with an organisation called Global Development Group Australia. Project Justice reports directly to Global Development Group on a range of our project's initiatives, outcomes and auditing requirements. Global Development Group provides an avenue for individuals and organisations to make a tax-deductible donation to Project Justice, and we submit both a narrative report and a financial report every 6 months to GDG on all tax-deductible funds donated.
Global Development Group conducted their monitoring visit in February 2019 and expressed how our Project Justice initiatives focus on grassroots issues, working with real at-risk children and families and they were very pleased with the visible progress in our programs.
The founder of Lock Paper Scissors personally visited the areas that Project Justice assists, and was able to see first-hand just how important this organisation is to the community.