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Best Approaches to Anti-Trafficking

 
It’s a sad fact that throughout the world, many young girls are kidnapped and sold into slavery or prostitution. Human trafficking destroys the lives of these girls, and breaks the hearts of their families. Sometimes, children are sold to wealthy households to be trained as domestic workers. They often suffer verbal, mental, and physical abuse, or are chastised and beaten for dropping a dish or leaving a speck of dust on the floor. Others are taken into the highly lucrative prostitution business, where they are raped, sexually abused, and physically beaten by pimps and customers. Fortunately, awareness of human trafficking is increasing, and aid agencies are working to halt these heinous practices.
 
Fighting human trafficking requires action on several fronts, including:
  • Prevention
  • Rescue/Escape
  • Protection
  • Prosecution
  • Rehabilitation
  • Repatriation
  • Reintegration
  • Advocacy
  • Awareness Raising
  • Research

On the Front Lines

 
The areas with the most urgent need include rescue, protection, rehabilitation, and restoration of girls who have been taken from their families. Each day these children and teens – some as young as five or six years old – are subject to abuse and degradation. Each day a mother, father, sibling, and grandparent agonizes and prays for that child’s return. Rescuing these girls and returning them to their homes is a high priority. However, another crucial area is prevention. Certain girls are at risk for being lured away, and if these risk factors can be ameliorated, we can prevent human trafficking from occurring. Grassroots and community-based organizations are the most effective agents for change in this regard.
 

The Daughter Project

 
One project in Nepal is proving to be effective with both prevention and rescue work. The Daughter Project uses community volunteers to create programs to help raise awareness about the systematic abuse of girls amongst the general populace, and to provide the girls themselves with education and resources.
 
Clubs made up of volunteers from around the world raise awareness and funds for the Daughter Project’s activities. These clubs are particular to their communities, and are designed to inform people both in Nepal and around the world about the problem of human trafficking. In Nepal, trafficking affects an estimated seven thousand girls per year. Fundraising events range from tea parties to charity runs, raffles to donation drives, and fund the important work in Nepal.
 
Special clubs for girls called Bhitri Sundarta (meaning "inner beauty" in Nepali) encourage girls to stay in school, build their self-worth, and advocate for their peers. The curriculum for these clubs provides participants with the tools they need to set goals for their futures and the ability to realize their potential. In addition, girls feel supported by a community of women and leaders who uphold children’s rights, ensuring that they have adults to turn to in times of difficulty.
 
Other clubs work to intercept girls being trafficked or abused and return them to their homes. As the Daughter Project’s reputation grows, more and more girls are finding their way to shelters where they are welcomed and given a safe place to stay, counselling, and support. Volunteers work to return and reintegrate these girls into their home villages.
 
Learn more about the Daughter Project and other initiatives. With time and care from volunteers and donors, we can find the best approach to anti-trafficking.

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