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The Hard Places Community

In 2013 Sam Pike traveled to Phnom Phen, Cambodia to teach Krav Maga Self Defense to the volunteers at the Hard Places Community. Hard Places is a non-profit organization that provides outreach to children that are at high risk for human trafficking.

Hard Places first went to Phnom Penh in 2008 and discovered some of the worst cases of trafficking of very young children, children as young as three have been sold and exploited. Nearly every family had sold their daughters for sex.

Our goal this year was to continue to build and enhance the staff training so they can be more effective in their outreach. Many of the volunteers we taught will find themselves in dangerous situations. Krav Maga was developed to be an effective, easy-to-learn self defense system. It teaches students how to defend themselves physically and psychologically, building and instilling a sense of confidence in the volunteers so they can continue to their important work.

We were also able to spend time in Svay Pak working with some of the girls and boys that had be trafficked. Their eagerness to learn was amazing. Our only regret was the short time we were able to spend there. Hard Places is an amazing organization providing life-saving work and we hope to continue to help them stay safe.

 

Fighting Domestic Violence

We help The Family Exchange Center in their fight against domestic violence. We offer free self-defense training to individuals recovering from a domestic violence.

For more information about The Family Exchange Center click here.


Fighting Human Trafficking

We work with Restore Corps in the fight against human trafficking. We offer free self-defense training to individuals recovering from human trafficking enrolled in their program.

Approximately 30.2 million people live in slavery in the world today. Some victims are exploited for commercial sex while others are forced into domestic servitude or are child soldiers. Slavery, while perhaps more severe in conflict zones, areas where genocide is occurring, or failed states, occurs in the United States as well.

According to a 2011 Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and Vanderbilt University study. Shelby County is one of four counties with over 100 documented cases of juvenile sex trafficking, and one of eight counties of adult sex trafficking. There are documented cases of human trafficking in 78 counties of TN – representing 85% of the total counties in the state.

For more information about Restore Corps click here.

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