43 girls and women rescued in Nepal as travel restrictions relax
Just under half of those rescued at the border met their trafficker during lockdowns over the past two months.
Agents monitoring border checkpoints are seeing an increase in travelers as the country’s COVID-19 travel restrictions relax. Traffickers continue to leverage social media to find and deceive their targets.
Among those rescued were a 21-year-old and her two-year-old daughter. They were being trafficked by a man she met on Facebook during lockdown the month prior. He had promised her a job and instructed her to lie to anyone who questioned her as she crossed the border. Both she and her daughter have been safely reunited with their family.
Rescue Update Archive
11 on their paths to freedom in Cambodia
11 girls, ages 13 to 18, have been rescued and enrolled in our community care program in Cambodia!
These survivors bravely rejected working in the sex industry and have chosen to join our program. Now, they will receive individual support from their caseworker and access to our trauma rehabilitation week-long program and business classes.
After completing the initial classes, survivors will work with their caseworker to customize their freedom plan. Their next steps could include attending school, pursuing vocational training or joining our training on-the-job program.
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.