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.
Rescue Update Archive
29 People, Including 13 Kids, Rescued in Nepal
During a single week last month (August), border agents rescued 29 people from traffickers trying to lure them out of the country.
Human traffickers lie to their Nepali targets, falsely promising love, a day in the city or a better job. They specifically target individuals who are financially desperate, emotionally vulnerable or just innocently naïve. The 13 children who traffickers targeted were 10–17 years old.
Seven girls rescued in Kenya
Seven children were rescued through our work in Kenya.
While a few were rescued from situations in which they faced the continual threat of sex crimes, most were forced to sell their bodies just to survive. For a look at the typical conditions that drive children to these extremes, read more here.
19 rescued from labor trafficking in Asia
Over the month of July, 17 men, a young woman and one 12-year-old boy, were rescued from labor trafficking in two Asian countries where we work.
While we continue to focus on rescuing sexually exploited children, our efforts can lead us to discovering and assisting victims trapped in other forms of human trafficking.
66 souls rescued at the Nepal border
66 people, including 24 children, were rescued over the course of June and July in Nepal.
One of the women rescued had her 4-year-old daughter with her, who could have suffered the same fate as her mother. Two brothers, just 9 and 14 years old, were also rescued from a man claiming to be their uncle. To read about what happens if traffickers make it over the border with their victims, read more on our blog.
Operation in Thailand rescues six girls
The children, all between 15 and 17 years old, were rescued in a single operation from sex trafficking.
We’ve been strengthening our ties with Thai law enforcement agencies so we can continue to save more children more efficiently. To read about our recent memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the government, follow this link.