18 Rescued & Nepal’s borders affected by lockdown
Travelling began to dwindle in Nepal as lockdowns were initiated district-by-district, but our teams still rescued women and girls until the day all borders closed. A few rescued girls remain in our transitional home during this time.
One of the girls, Juna, 15, met a young man on social media three months ago. They talked often and as their relationship grew, he told her he loved her and wanted to marry her. They made plans to meet at a landmark near the border, about two days journey from home. When she arrived, people in the area scrambled as an abrupt lockdown was announced by the government. The young man messaged Juna saying he wasn’t able to meet her, leaving her alone, far from home, and stranded in an unfamiliar place.
Our teams received a tip about her situation around 11 pm that night and jumped into action. Our rescue agents coordinated with the police and brought her to our safe home and counseled her on human trafficking. Our investigators attempted to contact her trafficker but he had switched off his phone. Because of the travel restrictions, she is staying in our transitional shelter until she can be reunited with her family. Her name has been changed to protect her identity.
Rescue Update Archive
31 girls, most under 14 years old, rescued in South Asia
31 girls no longer have to sell their bodies to survive.
Some of these young girls were forced to sell themselves just to buy food. While the oldest was 17, most were under 14 and the youngest was only 10 years old.
All of the girls have begun the healing process in our community care program, where they will be provided with food, counseling and training to help their families become financially independent so the younger girls can attend school. To learn more about our holistic approach to empowerment, read more about community care.
22 children rescued in Uganda
22 girls between 15 and 17 years old have been freed from sexual exploitation.
We are celebrating the freedom of 22 courageous teens! 16 entered our residential care home while the other six joined our community care program. All will receive regular health checks and food packs as they start the healing process through our dynamic Empower trauma counseling program.
The counselors show incredible empathy in their care of each survivor – their compassion helps soothe injured hearts. As they recover, survivors will learn valuable skills to help them stay free as they progress through their individual Freedom Plans.
23 girls and young women stepping into freedom in the Philippines
Efforts in collaboration with law enforcement rescued 23 survivors of sex trafficking, including four minors, and facilitated the arrest of three alleged perpetrators.
After we received a tip that girls and young women were being sold for sex by a pimp in a southern region of the Philippines, agents began collaboration with local law enforcement – our first mission ever in this region.
The operation was the result of months of hard work and case building. We worked alongside police to provide undercover surveillance, intelligence gathering and on-scene support during the raid.
Our social worker collaborated with the Filipino Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) team and assisted in the support of survivors immediately after rescue.
Four rescued at the Nepal border
Border agents intercepted the girls and young women, ages 17 to 22, as traffickers attempted to lure them out of the country.
Two of the survivors were cousins; their trafficker had promised them well-paying jobs in a neighboring country.
One survivor was being trafficked by another girl she met playing an online game.
All were reunited with their families and taught about the dangers of human trafficking.
Pilot Project in Africa offers 13 children freedom
All 13 of the children, ages 10 to 17, were rescued from sexual exploitation and abuse.
The survivors have joined our community care program. Children without safe family members to care for them will be placed into the care of vetted foster families in the area.
Among those rescued was a 16-year-old boy.
Our new projects start in a pilot phase, allowing us to take the first steps of rescue, learn more about the dynamics of sexual exploitation in the region and adapt our programs to the specific needs of survivors. This rescue was part of one such Pilot Project.
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