Imagine that you are a 12-year-old child living in Malawi.
One day you come home to see a strange man talking to your mum. She says that she needs you to go with him so you can earn some money for your family.
You don’t want to go, but she tells you that she needs you to help the family. She says that the man has promised to look after you.
You go with the man, but he doesn’t take you where he said he would.
Instead you’re taken far away and told you must look after two big herds of cattle. It’s long, hard work. There are too many cows for you to look after by yourself.
You don’t have enough food.
You don’t have time to have a bath.
You don’t have time to go to school.
You spend all day in the fields on your own.
This is what happened to Victor. Victor was discovered by a policeman who rescued him and took him to The Salvation Army’s anti-trafficking centre for children in Mchinji.
The centre cares for many young boys and girls like Victor who have been taken away from their homes.
Here they are cared for in a safe and secure place where they are fed, clothed and helped to come to terms with their experiences. They also attend the local school, make new friends and get ready to return home.
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