Human trafficking is the third largest source of profit for organized crime in the world behind arms and drug trafficking. Assemblies like this one can educate children about the tactics used by traffickers.
World’s Children is working with a group of Catholic nuns, we call the “Sisters,” to protect the anonymity of these brave women.
We have worked with them for several decades and we currently support five orphanages that they operate.
Since 2011, the Sisters have worked with ChildLine India, a countrywide hotline created to prevent child abuse.
Recently, the Sisters performed a rescue operation that freed 30 girls who were then taken to a sanctuary home. Eight pimps, two customers, and 20 traffickers were arrested. We applaud the Sisters for their dedication and bravery.
Knowing that many other children were not rescued in time, the Sisters have asked for our support to stop trafficking altogether in the area where they are working.
Over a three-year period, the Sisters will educate and organize 30,000 people living in 48 villages. An estimated 6,000 girls and 4,000 boys will learn how to thwart would-be traffickers. From those 10,000 children, 482 of the most dedicated kids will form the core of 48 child clubs—one in each village. An additional 7,500 women who belong to existing Self Help Groups will gain similar training. In each of the 48 participating villages, a Community Vigilant Committee will be formed comprising 528 adult members.
These village women are learning about the tricks of child traffickers in a meeting organized by the Sisters. Providing 30,000 people with the knowledge about how traffickers dupe women or simply snatch unwatched girls, and with such a blanket of watchful eyes, the Sisters believe they can stop child trafficking in this area, which has a total population of about 151,000 people.
If this project proves to be a successful model, it is our hope the project can move to other areas of high trafficking activity and make it impossible for traffickers to take women and girls in the areas we will target.