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.
In 2017, World’s Children began funding a three-year Prevention of Child Trafficking (PCT) program conceived and operated by Catholic sisters in India. The program was designed to educate and train adults and children how to identify and thwart traffickers.
The total population of the target area for the project was 151,000 people in a particularly vulnerable area for trafficking in the state of Telangana. Over a three-year period, the PCT team of five staff members educated over 120,000 adults and children living in 211 villages, and 12,297 girls and boys in 80 schools.
In this photo, village women are learning about the tricks of child traffickers in a meeting organized by the Prevention of Child Trafficking (PCT) team. The PCT team is providing children and adults with the knowledge about how traffickers dupe women or simply snatch unwatched girls.
Because of the tremendous success of this prevention program, WC is extending support for this program for an additional three years . This will allow the PCT team to expands into new areas.
The team will continue their current program and enlarge the area to include villages in two more districts in Telangana, India that are hard-hit by traffickers.
The continuing program will serve 393,629 people in three districts that include both urban and rural communities. With a blanket of watchful eyes, we believe child trafficking can be stopped in this targeted area.
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.