It was 2002 when Rob Morris signed up for a dangerous mission that will ultimately change his life forever.
He was an undercover agent to gather classified information and evidence against a brothel located in Southeast Asia (specific country was not disclosed) where he posed as a “John,” a man who will purchase girls for sexual intercourse.
This specific mission is also part of an exploratory trip for Morris to have a first-hand experience on how human trafficking works and on how to stop its vicious cycle.
According to their website, Morris recounted a vivid scene that sparks their movement against human trafficking.
It was during that time where he was standing side by side with the other “Johns,” eyeing for their coveted prizes on the other side of the room, divided by a pane of glass.
These “prizes” were little girls, no more than eleven or thirteen years old, wearing red dresses as their uniform. Their only identification was presented by a number pinned on their dresses.
They sat in rows, blankly watching a cartoon show on TV.
“They were vacant, shells of what a child should be. There was no light in their eyes, no life left. Their light had been taken from them,” Morris said.
Morris added that these girls were raped countless of times, ranging from seven to fifteen times in just one single night.
And then he saw her. The girl who opted to look towards them through the pane of glass rather than watching what was on the telly.
Unlike the others, this particular girl looked at them with her piercing eyes. A disdainful gaze.
“There was still fight left in her eyes. There was still life left in this girl,” Morris recounted.
Her number is 146.
Due to the nature of his assignment, he was unable to respond immediately. He shared that his short vis-a-vis with number 146 was “unbearable.”
After collecting evidence against the brothel, the group raided the place. The children were rescued. However, girl number 146 was no longer there. There are no more reports on what happened to her.
“But we will never forget her. She changed our lives forever,” Morris said.
After that riveting moment, Morris co-founded Love146, which was named after the brave girl who will not stop fighting for her own life.
The non-government organization (NGO) also has their base in Manila where the Department of Social Welfare and Development awarded them with a level 2 accreditation.
As posted in their website, garnering a level 2 for an NGO is a feat to be reckoned with.
“Among the hundreds of NGOs in the country, you can count on one hand those who have achieved Level 2, which means exemplary,” Dr. Gundelina Velazco, Director of Asia Aftercare of Love146, said.
The organization recently teamed-up with Youtube star, Michelle Phan, in their latest awareness campaign with the title, “Remember the Girl.” You can view the video here.
For more information and to how to help, you can visit their website at love146.org.