All around the world traffickers prey on those who are vulnerable and exploit that vulnerability for profit. Men, women and children are exploited, stripped of their humanity and put to work for other people’s gain. They are trafficked away from their homes and kept co-operative through deception and coercion.
Although most people who are trafficked might be out of our personal reach, The Salvation Army is there. As an organisation working across more than 120 countries, we are in a unique position to tackle the global problem that is human trafficking. What’s more, in many places we are already responding.The Salvation Army International Development (UK) has been supporting anti-trafficking efforts in countries like India, China, Malawi and Tanzania for a number of years.
We are supporting individuals who have been rescued from exploitative situations, enabling them to recover in a safe and comfortable environment. We are also working alongside communities through education and income generation so they can identify the dangers of trafficking, break the cycle of poverty and protect themselves from further exploitation.
We can stand up for those whose voices have been silenced by traffickers, those loud and bright souls being kept hidden.
It’s time to rise up and take action to combat trafficking, protect victims and restore our world.
Act now and help us proclaim freedom!
A story of freedom proclaimed
A few years ago, in a rural part of south-west China, traffickers were working their way down the valleys and picking off women one by one, village by village. These villages were living in real and persistent poverty and so people were easily convinced to take traffickers up on the opportunities they were apparently providing. But these promises were not what they appeared. The problem became so bad that some villages we visited had lost all of their women because of trafficking.
The Salvation Army started to respond to this situation in a number of ways. We worked alongside the local government to carry out prevention work in vulnerable communities, running workshops so that people are more aware of the dangers of trafficking and less prone to the false promises offered by traffickers. More recently we have also been working to improve the income of those living in these areas, so that they are not so reliant on migrating in search of work.e uses for mulberries, to increase her production and income.
Now women would rather stay in their communities than move elsewhere. Alongside this, the Government has also been implementing stricter policies and harsher punishments for trafficking offenders. This new-found knowledge and income possessed by the villagers means that traffickers no longer even visit these villages, because they now know that there’s nothing for them there.
A great example of freedom being proclaimed!
Will you take action to help us see freedom proclaimed for the thousands of people trafficked or at risk?
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