Slavery (human trafficking), has always been a part of humanity's history. Though frequently battled back, the human trafficking industry has never been defeated. Now, with the advent of the internet, modern human trafficking is even more insidious and widespread. Its three illicit markets - for sex, labor, and body parts - have grown to become the world's 2nd largest criminal industry.
ITEMP (Institute for Trafficked, Exploited & MIssing Persons) provides medical, psychological, legal, social, shelter and education services to victims and their families. ITEMP has a current operating focus in Guatemala, and the USA with past human trafficking / forced labor research activities in several countries in Asia. By addressing the root causes of trafficking , as well as directly assisting victims. ITEMP is breaking the bitter chains of slavery.
ITEMP searches for long-term, sustainable solutions to the root causes of slavery. By educating a child, by finding employment, providing training, counseling, or supporting alternative income approaches for a woman, or by giving dignity to a man, ITEMP is able to provide the crucial stepping stones to changing lives. In doing so, ITEMP drastically reduces the chance that persons will be victimized or re-victimized. It is not just about treating the symptom, it's about curing the disease.
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).