This Thai Life

In recognition of  January 2011 National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, the Central Missouri Stop Human Trafficking Coalition* invites you to:

“This Thai Life”

Personal stories and slides by Columbia native Chelsea Laun

Tuesday, January 18, 2011 @ 5:30 p.m.

Missouri United Methodist Church, 2nd Fl., Parlor

204 S. 9th St., Columbia, MO

Free and open to the public.

For the past year and a half Chelsea Laun has been living in Northern Thailand, teaching English and facilitating empowerment programs and literacy projects in minority communities.  She is eager to introduce us to some of the remarkable children she has met by sharing about their life stories and her personal experiences with them.

Laun returns to Thailand very soon to continue her work with the Children’s Organization of Southeast Asia (COSA).  COSA is an NGO that offers a safe house for girls who are survivors of sexual violence or who are at-risk for human trafficking.

A May 2009 University of Southern California graduate, Laun will begin Master’s studies in Gender Development and Globalization this fall at The London School of Economics.

If you’d like to help the children in Ms. Laun’s literacy project, cash and other donations would be appreciated:

* coloring books
* crayons
* colored pencils
* beads
* very basic English-language games

Questions?  Email Chelsea Laun at

* The Central Missouri Stop Human Trafficking Coalition exists to end and prevent forced labor and sexual exploitation of innocent children, women, and men.  Through active engagement in community collaboration and education, we seek to identify victims, expose traffickers and users, promote slave-free practices, and support survivors of human trafficking on their journey towards wholeness.  We envision communities free of modern-day slavery. For more information visit

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