18 rescued at the border
Border agents intercepted and rescued 18 people from human trafficking, including 14 and 15-year-old boys.
Fourteen-year-old Chetan and his friend Barun met a man in their village two months ago. After learning that their school was closed because of lockdowns, the man offered them both well-paying jobs, saying they were just over the border in a neighboring country.
The boys said they’d ask their families but the man convinced them not to tell anyone. He attempted to take them across the border and realized the main route was well guarded so the man sent them via rickshaw to a more remote station.
Thankfully, in October of last year we established a constant presence in this more remote border location. Our agents stopped the vehicle for routine interviewing and noticed that the boys looked scared. After a few questions, they told agents the whole story. Both have been reunited with their families and educated on the risks and realities of human trafficking.
Names have been changed to protect identities.
Rescue Update Archive
44 children rescued across three continents
Our efforts in Latin America, Africa and Southeast Asia brought freedom to 44 children.
Twenty-one children were rescued and joined our reintegration programs in Uganda. Some enrolled in community care, while others are now living in our residential home.
Nineteen children in Southeast Asia, including Cambodia and two other countries, have been rescued from sex trafficking. Twelve survivors joined our community care program!
In the Dominican Republic, agents assisted police on a case to help a 14-year-old girl and ensure the arrest of her abuser. In collaboration with law enforcement, we rescued a 13-year-old, a 16-year-old and her infant daughter from sex trafficking. Three suspects were arrested in connection with the case.
Agents close eight cases in two weeks in the Dominican Republic
Agents assisted law enforcement teams and closed eight cases involving minors ages ten to 16.
Agents provided surveillance and interview assistance for six rape cases. One of our female agents, a psychologist, assisted with survivor interviews. We also aided in securing the arrest of the seven alleged perpetrators connected to the cases.
The other two cases involved sexual exploitation and child marriage. Local child welfare in the Dominican Republic (CONANI) will manage the next steps for the survivors.
31 children rescued in Uganda and on their paths to freedom
31 girls ages 14 to 17 have been rescued from sexual exploitation and joined our community care programs in Uganda
A major vulnerability shared by survivors in Uganda is an unstable home. It is not uncommon for a survivor to pass through numerous living situations involving different or absent guardians.
Of the 31 children rescued, only one child lived with both parents, and eight lived with a single parent. The rest were being cared for by relatives or lived on their own.
Our programs after rescue focus on a child’s unique situation to help her stay free. Our caseworkers and counselors might focus on repairing and strengthening strained family relationships. Older survivors are also able to learn vocational skills or do training on the job so they can afford rent with safe roommates.
25 rescued in Nepal
Agents in Nepal rescued 23 people at the border. Their efforts also ensured safety for two other survivors of sexual abuse and facilitated the arrest of their abusers.
A mother and her four-year-old son were among those rescued at the border. Nine of the survivors were children ages 15 to 18.
52 children rescued and enrolled in community care
Over the past few weeks, the survivors, ages eight to 17, have attended our initial trauma-rehabilitation program and begun the first steps of their freedom plan.
These rescues occurred in South Asia. Almost all of the survivors were being sexually exploited and abused in exchange for funds needed to survive.
Five of the survivors were eight years old.
Our program in this region focuses on trauma rehabilitation and training programs that help families break free from extreme poverty. In cases where a very young child is rescued, our freedom plan focuses on providing training opportunities for her guardian so that the child can attend school and the family is able to afford necessities such as food and shelter.