What is Human Trafficking?
United Nations defines trafficking as: ”The recruitment, transportation, transfer, harboring or receipt of persons, by means of threat, use of force or other means of coercion, of abduction, of fraud, of deception, of the abuse of power or of a position of vulnerability or of the receiving or giving of payment… to a person having control over another person, for the purpose of exploitation.” (Article 3 of the UN Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children, Supplementing the UN Convention Against Transnational Organized Crime)
Simply stated, Human trafficking is a form of modern slavery where people profit from the control and exploitation of others. It is prevalent in many countries around the world and it exists on the principles of supply and demand. It thrives due to conditions which allow for high profits to be generated at low risk. It is a 32 billion dollar industry worldwide and it is becoming the largest and most profitable illegal activity in the world.
It is estimated that a child is trafficked around the world every 26 seconds. Some experts believe that 80 percent of all trafficked children face sexual exploitation and 19 percent are forced into labor. It is our goal at Forgotten Children Worldwide to help end trafficking through partnerships and initiatives.
What Does FCW Do To Combat Trafficking?
Prevention Initiatives: Our goal is prevent trafficking from occurring by lifting children out of extreme poverty and getting them off of the streets. These children are extremely vulnerable to falling victim to the false promises of food and shelter, education, and work. Since only 1% of those trafficked are ever rescued, prevention is our priority.
We construct orphan homes that give children who are extremely vulnerable to trafficking a place to call home and be protected. Self-sustainability projects help mothers, and orphan care ministries, generate sustaining income that helps to provide for children under their care. Child sponsorship programs provide additional financial help to meet a child’s basic needs. All of these practices help to remove children from the path of traffickers who are looking to profit from the purchase and sale of children.
Rescue Programs: We work closely with our indigenous partners to identify opportunities for rescue, but it is not our speciality. To date, 24 girls have been rescued from brothels in Kampala, Uganda. We have a desire to begin new trafficking initiatives in Nepal and Malawi and rescue will play an important role in those programs.
Aftercare Initiatives: Children who experience the trauma of sexual exploitation and slavery suffer from extreme emotional, physical, and psychological issues. Through our holistic care approach, we work to fully restore these children through our aftercare initiatives. We also construct homes and dormitories that provide refuge for those that have been and are being rescued. These homes allow children to be loved, rehabilitated, and reformed through the aftercare programs, counseling and education.