Protect the vulnerable
A large percentage of children forced into human trafficking come from poverty-stricken communities where educational opportunities are scarce or where illegal drugs are rampant. In most cases, at-risk families can’t afford to send their children to school. As a result, their children enter the work force with little or no qualifications for a decent paying job. This makes them extremely vulnerable to sex traffickers that lure, bribe and falsely promise good jobs to them. Instead, these evil criminals enslave children into forced prostitution.
Unfortunately, there are even cases where children’s parents are desperate enough financially to push their own kids into a life of prostitution.
Child Rescue actively helps those caught in poverty and gives them a hand up in life – offering them a positive alternative to their seemingly hopeless situation. The Bible says, “Do justice to the weak (poor) and fatherless; maintain the rights of the afflicted and needy. Deliver the poor and needy; rescue them out of the hand of the wicked” (Psalm 82:3-4 AMP). This means we have a responsibility to help protect vulnerable people, including at-risk children and families from evil human traffickers.
Child Rescue has stepped up to the challenge by offering prevention programs to at-risk children and families. We identify areas in the world that have extreme poverty and where children are being forced into the sex-trade. Then we offer financial assistance to families that need help enrolling their child or children in school. We pay for a child’s tuition, books, school supplies and uniform. If a family’s situation is severe enough, we may even provide meal assistance, as well. Each family’s needs are different, and therefore, require individual assessment. This is done by a Child Rescue social worker.
Sometimes, there are no schools in a specific area where a family lives. In these cases, Child Rescue will help pay for a child to relocate to one of our prevention homes, where they will be given a proper education, a safe place to live, food, medical care and all their daily needs.
There are also instances when children, especially in slum villages, fall behind in school because their parents can’t afford to send them consistently. This may even cause them to drop out altogether – increasing their chances of being trafficked. Child Rescue established an after-school learning program to combat this issue. Our centres help children and young adults catch up on their schooling, so they can graduate successfully – giving them an opportunity to reach their dreams!