Newest pilot project celebrates its first 5 rescues!
Four children, ages 13-16, have been rescued from sexual exploitation and abuse in our newest project in Africa. The seven-year-old sibling of one survivor was rescued preemptively.
All five children have joined our community care program. They will receive individualized freedom plans, health checks and counseling as they begin their path to freedom.
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 new project is located on the edge of a slum in a large city and is staffed by local professionals ready to find and rescue children from the darkest of circumstances. We are incredibly honored to be able to rescue children in this new region and continue alongside them on their journey to stay free over the next months.
Rescue Update Archive
33 children rescued by border agents in Nepal
Twenty-six girls and seven boys were rescued at the Nepal border before traffickers could sneak them out of the country.
The children, all between 9 and 17 years old, were rescued over the course of three weeks along with 53 adults.
When border agents reunite survivors with their families, they take time to discuss techniques to recognize traffickers and avoid being deceived in the future.
You can learn more about what happens after a border rescue on our blog.
10-year-old boy rescued in the Dominican Republic
We collaborated with police to rescue a 10-year-old boy in the Dominican Republic.
Our investigators helped police arrest the child’s abuser. The boy’s next steps were determined by the government’s child services department.
Our work with law enforcement agencies in the Dominican Republic has led to a dramatic increase in cases fighting trafficking and exploitation in the region.
To read about how traffickers are reacting to the heat, see our blog.
43 rescued at the Nepal border
Border agents rescued 43 people from traffickers attempting to lure them out of the country.
Seventeen of those rescued were children. Because of a social stigma in the region about those who are deceived by traffickers, most of those we rescue at the border choose not to press charges.
But in this group, one brave young woman decided to take police action against the man who trafficked her. That decision will keep a dangerous criminal from victimizing others.
21 teens stepped into freedom from sex trafficking and exploitation in Southeast Asia
The girls are now free after multiple rescue efforts across three countries in Southeast Asia.
Among those rescued were two 18-year-olds and children as young as 12. Nine of the girls joined our Community Care program, and the others were referred to the care of another trusted organization or reunited with their families.
17 children rescued from sexual exploitation in Kenya
The children are now free from sex trafficking and exploitation.
The children were between 7 and 17 years old, and two of them were boys. Half of the children were being trafficked by adults, while the other half were forced to sell their bodies just to survive without the presence of a trafficker.
These kids face incredible challenges moving forward, but we are committed to supporting them as they get their start in a life of freedom. You can read the encouraging words of a Kenyan survivor who overcame daunting odds on our blog.