When she tried to help, Russell was told, "Save your time for the girls, those boys are just going to get HIV and die.""I got really pissed off," she says.
"I sold my wedding ring and used that money to get back to Thailand and rent a little space in the red light district."Urban Light staff hand out condoms and fliers in bars and brothels in touristy areas of the city that seem innocuous enough, but are notorious spots for Western men (and increasingly Chinese and Thai men, Russell says) to find children for sale.
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The ultimate goal, of course, is to remove these boys from the situations they're in, but Russell knows this has to be a decision the boys make themselves.
"We're really trying to show them that they have so much more potential than working in a bar or massage parlour, and that we can help them get there."Chaow was just 14 when he came to Urban Light.