Nine months ago my wife, Leslie Sanazaro started a Kickstarter project and raised 5,000 dollars to fund her next album. Part of the funds went to a joint research trip for her and I to document what it was like in Cambodia, where issues of sex slavery are especially discouraging. Her album tells the stories of women around the world who have been victims of sex trafficking and human slavery, aptly called Daughters of Cambodia. We were taken under the wing of AFESIP, an organization started my Somaly Mam, a survivor of human trafficking. For the month of June we traveled to three different AFESIP centers to visit and perform for the female residents there that have been rescued from horrific situations. As an iPhone photographer I took over 1,500 pictures and hours of video. These selections tell a fraction of the story of the enduring spirit of the Cambodian people who have survived the Khmer Rouge, a bleak economy, a land littered with landmines and government corruption in this developing nation. Cambodia is an amazing country and the people truly inspirational to all of us–we all can play a role in ending human slavery and violence against women.
-Alexis E Santi
More can be found here:
www.lesliesanazaro.com (my wife’s home page)
http://www.afesip.org/ (AFESIP’s website)
www.alexissanti.com (my personal website with pictures.)