SEATTLE, Washington — Jeannie Mai is an American Vietnamese make-up artist, fashion expert, producer, television personality and co-host of “The Real,” an Emmy-nominated daytime television show. While she is well-known in many regards, there is one thing many of her fans may not know about her. She is an advocate for victims of sex trafficking in Vietnam and all around the world. In Jeannie Mai’s fight against sex trafficking, she takes initiatives to combat this issue and encourages her fans to help as well.
What Led to Jeannie Mai’s Involvement
A few years ago, Jeannie Mai visited a close family friend in Vietnam who was very secretive about where she worked. After investigating, Jeannie Mai discovered that her family friend’s uncle sold his niece to work at a brothel to support their family during a difficult time. Upon conducting more research, the growing statistics of sex trafficking alarmed her even more. She learned that in addition to a child being trafficked every two minutes, only 2% of the millions of victims survive each year. This makes it the second greatest transactional crime after drug trafficking in the world.
Once she became passionate about the issue, Jeannie Mai’s mother, Mama Mai, wanted to learn more about sex trafficking too. This is why she took her mother to their home country, Vietnam, to interact with survivors. This is where sex trafficking is especially prominent. These survivors were used for their labor, forced to produce children that would eventually be sold and had their organs removed. They were even branded, killed and separated from their families for what could be forever. While many have lost contact with their families, others cannot escape from their perpetrators. A lot of them cannot go home to the very people that sold them in the first place either. This experience in Vietnam gave Jeannie Mai the incentive to dedicate her life to fight against sex trafficking.
“Stopping Traffic: The Movement To End Sex Trafficking”
In 2017, Jeannie Mai worked with Sadhvi Siddhali Shree, a filmmaker, and monks from the Sediathan Church and retreat. They worked to executively produce a documentary about sex trafficking in Vietnam. This documentary is called “Stopping Traffic: The Movement To End Sex Trafficking.” The inclusion of confessions of a real-life trafficker, stories of both male and female victims and images of their rescue inevitably evoked powerful emotions among the audience and gave them the incentive to take action.
Jeannie Mai’s Involvement In The Community
As an ambassador for Milpitas, Calif.-based Pacific Links Foundation, Jeannie Mai works with the organization to save women and girls from modern-day slavery and sex trafficking in Vietnam. She does this by providing them with work opportunities. Jeannie Mai is also an ambassador for Step-Up. It helps disadvantaged women and children find the resources they need to be successful in a career of their choice.
Additionally, Jeannie Mai works with Nightlight International, a nonprofit organization that provides intervention development services. It also provides personal and professional development services to sex trafficking victims in the United States and abroad. Jeannie Mai also works for Not For Sale, an organization that has provided extensive services to 7,785 survivors. It also provided 55,605 people with clean water, education, employment opportunities and so much more.
Last but not least, Jeannie Mai has dedicated her time to Heartbeat Vietnam, which provides life-saving heart surgery to children whose families cannot afford it. This has inevitably saved thousands of lives as it has prevented families from resorting to desperate measures.
What Can People Do To Help?
According to Jeannie Mai, people can help fight against sex trafficking. They can do this by supporting local, national and international organizations dedicated to fighting this cause. This includes Saving Innocence, an organization that saves victims and helps them find support groups. This also includes the International Organization for Migrants, which fights sex trafficking in migrant camps. Another thing people can do is write to social media websites like Facebook that enable sex traffickers to find potential victims on their sites. This will undoubtedly help save thousands of lives.
Information about Jeannie Mai’s work aims to illuminate readers about her incredible success in her fight against sex trafficking in Vietnam and around the world. This contribution will inevitably make the world a better place and inspire others to do the same.
– Rida Memon