Anti-Trafficking is one of The Salvation Army International Development UK's five areas of work.

We are working through prevention, protection and partnership to bring human trafficking to an end.

The Salvation Army in the United Kingdom and Ireland territory supports anti-trafficking projects around the world including anti-trafficking recovery centres in Malawi and Tanzania and community awareness raising in India.

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I realise how dangerous human trafficking is in my community so I keep talking to my friends about it.
Clinton, Group Chairman (Anti-Trafficking Response Project, Uganda)

Anti-Trafficking Response, Uganda

In Uganda, human trafficking has been identified a key threat to people's safety. Research suggests the country is a source, transit and destination for men, women and children. Traffickers particularly target young people, and do so either in person, through word of mouth or via social media. Generally, young men are offered work in the Ugandan and Kenyan agricultural sector, whilst women and girls are trafficked for domestic servitude both internally and across international borders.

In response, The Salvation Army’s Uganda Territory is running a project focused on raising awareness, strengthening community capacity and supporting survivors. The project has focused on five towns along the Kenyan border which have been identified as trafficking hotspots in which young people are particularly vulnerable. These communities were also chosen because The Salvation Army has an existing presence there. The trust that the community has in The Salvation Army as a local faith organisation, combined with existing knowledge and links with local stakeholders, have been great assets in the project.

Through the project, 20 champions were identified to help raise awareness locally and mobilise communities to respond creatively to the risks of trafficking. As a result, 20 community savings groups have been established to enhance economic stability and community cohesion. Young people have formed their own groups which have generally taken the form of sports teams in line with their interests.

Alongside the savings element, some groups have seen members contribute their time and skills to collaborate on other income generating initiatives such as juice making. Young people have formed their own groups which have generally taken the form of sports teams.

Clinton is chairman of one of the young people’s groups. He became involved in the project after The Salvation Army supported him to return home having been trafficked to Kenya. The group sessions involve discussions about human trafficking, how to spot the signs and keep themselves and one another safe. Clinton said:

"Together, we save money and can borrow from the treasury to boost our business, or to help if we have issues. This group has helped me and my friends. I realise how dangerous human trafficking is in my community so I keep talking to my friends about it... If we have any issue, we can talk to the group. We support one another as friends here."

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