I found my kidnapped friends in China, and am now finishing a documentary on it - AMA!
I'm a filmmaker and human rights activist. 5 years ago, 3 of my friends were kidnapped from Vietnam and trafficked into China. My friends were "lucky" - they were forced into marriage, not prostitution. They were 16 years old.
After just a few months, one of my friends took her "husband's" phone and ran away. She was brought home safely. My other 2 friends just disappeared. I didn't know where they were, what had happened to them, or even if they were still alive.
I gave up everything to investigate my friends' disappearances, and risked my life to try and find them in China - the world's most populous country, with over 1.357 billion people (more than 4x the population of the US!). After 5 months of searching, to everyone's surprise, I actually did find them.
It was more than I'd ever hoped for - but that was just the beginning. By the time I found them, each of my 2 friends had given birth in China, and had to make a decision no mother should ever have to make: the choice between her child and her own freedom.
I'm now sharing my friends' story as a documentary to raise awareness of the global human trafficking crisis, and to help protect vulnerable girls in Vietnam.
PROOF: You can find proof (and more information) on the front page of my website at http://www.humanearth.net
We're running a crowdfunding project to finish the documentary here: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/sisters-for-sale-a-human-trafficking-documentary/
EDIT: I can't even remember how many hours we've been here - is it 3? 4? - but my mind is melting. I'll answer a couple more questions then wrap it up. You've been wonderful - thank you for all your great questions, your upvotes, and all the support you've given - it really makes a difference. If you haven't checked out the documentary, it's available until the weekend, when our fundraising campaign ends: http://www.sistersforsale.com
For those of you who still have questions, you'll find plenty of information on my blog - Oct/Nov 2014, June 2015 and Oct 2016 may be of particular interest: http://www.humanearth.net/blog/history/