Anti Child Trafficking
SAVE A CHILD FROM CHILD TRAFFICKING The Father Ray Sponsor a Child Foundation Save a Child Campaign
Every year, over a million children in some of the poorest countries in the world are trafficked and made to work in conditions of virtual slavery or be subjected to forced prostitution or worse.
Child trafficking means selling children so they can be exploited for gain. For example: forcing children, sometimes as young as six years old, to do hard physical work for long hours for very little or no pay. Trafficked children often work in factories, or as servants, beggars or child soldiers. Punishments for failing to work hard enough can, in the worst cases, be vicious beatings or death. Some children are sold directly into circuses or the sex trade..
None of the trafficked children have any of the most basic rights — no right to a family life, a decent place to sleep or eat, or time off. Education, healthcare, an adequate diet and loving care are not even a distant dream. None of them can escape — far from home, in another country, with no money or papers.
Sometimes, parents are duped into allowing their children to go with the traffickers, sometimes, desperately poor parents are persuaded that the only way they can care for their younger children is to sell the older ones.
The trauma suffered by children who have been trafficked is severe and rehabilitation takes a long time. The impact on the families can also be profound – if a girl has been sexually exploited, she may be rejected by her family after her rescue. Where child trafficking is common, it has a corrupting effect on the whole community.
Stopping child trafficking requires:
Preventative educational programmes for the whole community.
Protecting children by keeping them safe in school.
Rescuing and rehabilitating trafficked children, and if possible, reuniting them with their families.
Working with law enforcement agencies and local communities to prosecute traffickers.