Seek Out and Stop Child Trafficking (S.O.S.)

by World Concern
Seek Out and Stop Child Trafficking (S.O.S.)
Seek Out and Stop Child Trafficking (S.O.S.)
Seek Out and Stop Child Trafficking (S.O.S.)
Seek Out and Stop Child Trafficking (S.O.S.)
Seek Out and Stop Child Trafficking (S.O.S.)
Seek Out and Stop Child Trafficking (S.O.S.)
Seek Out and Stop Child Trafficking (S.O.S.)
Seek Out and Stop Child Trafficking (S.O.S.)
Thank you for keeping her safe!
Thank you for keeping her safe!

Your gift gave Noy the chance to begin a new life!

In rural villages in Southeast Asia, poor families do not have many opportunities to earn a living. Without the ability to go to school, all sixteen year-old Noy wanted to do was help support her struggling family. But she didn’t know the dangers that awaited her.

After Noy was unsuccessful finding work in her small village in Laos, she decided to cross the border to Thailand to try and find a way to earn an income. Many young girls like Noy often cross into neighboring countries alone, making them vulnerable to trafficking or other forms of exploitation.

Noy was able to find a position in a factory, but quickly learned it was not what was promised...

For 16 hours a day Noy labored long, difficult hours under terrible conditions. She did not think she had any other choice. This was forced labor. And living alone in Thailand made her even more exposed to the dangers of traffickers, and worse.

“The work was very hard for me and I was always so tired,” she says.

But thanks to you, Noy now has a safe way to earn income.

A year later, Noy left the factory to return home. And with your gift, Noy was able to learn about and sign up for a course in sewing.

Now, Noy has a way to help support her family. And thanks to you, she no longer has to worry about leaving her village to find work. She can work from the safety of her own home!

You help protect young girls like Noy by giving them an education and important job skills training. Otherwise, they would be left vulnerable to the dangers of child trafficking. We are so grateful that you care about the lives and futures of these girls.

Thank you for helping us Seek Out and Stop child trafficking. No little girl should have to live in fear of being trafficked, or feel pressured to leave home and find work. Your support truly makes a difference in the fight against human trafficking. 

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You saved her from a forced marriage - thank YOU!
You saved her from a forced marriage - thank YOU!

As you can see by these stories, your gift arrived just in time!

Without a male protector in her family, Bamini was in a vulnerable position. Forced child marriages are common in Sri Lanka and at the age of 14, she was at great risk.  

But thanks to your gift, Bamini was able to escape this reality and find refuge in a World Concern Children's Club (which your gifts help support).  Here, young girls like Bamini learn about the dangers of trafficking and their rights as young women. At first shy, Bamini has grown to be one of the more outspoken members of the Children’s Club in her village. You have clearly given her the confidence to speak out and the hope of a better (and safer) future ... thank YOU!

But sometimes the threat comes not from the community, but from within. Rathy, (not her real name) became a victim in her own home when her father sexually exploited her. Afterwards, Rathy’s father requested to marry her.  This shocking proposal was reported to World Concern's S.O.S. Hotline by a concerned neighbor. Your gifts keep this emergency hotline staffed 24/7 and it became Rathy's lifeline. 

Because of what you did, we're pleased to say that Rathy found protection. With immediate intervention, Rathy’s forced marriage to her father was prevented.

We hope you know how valuable you are. Your gift is providing girls like Rathy an escape from circumstances where they find themselves powerless. You empower girls like Bamini to rise above traditional norms, and community members to take a stand against accepted traditions, such as child marriages.  

Thank YOU!

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YOU and this brave boy rescued his cousin!
YOU and this brave boy rescued his cousin!

Kids always tell each other secrets, and usually keep them from their parents.

But when 14 year-old boy Sutha heard that his young girl cousin was sleeping outside and not going to school, he immediately let his mom know. 

Living in a poor, fishing community in Sri Lanka, Deni (not her real name) hadn't had a happy childhood. Abandoned by her father, Deni had grown up around older fisherman, watching her mother be abused and mistreated as a prostitute. 

Deni's only release from this heartbreak was found at school, but when the fees became unaffordable, Deni found herself alone and looking after herself. Not knowing what to do, she left school and began to keep company with the fisherman. Night after night, this vulnerable 14 year-old would wander off into the darkness, sadly having no choice but to follow in her mother's dangerous footsteps. 

When Sutha's mom heard about this, she immediately contacted World Concern's S.O.S. Hotline, which your gifts helped pay for. 

Learning of the trouble that Deni was in, World Concern's child-protection officers found and rescued Deni, putting her into a safe-house. They let Sutha and his mom know that she was safe and as you read this, Deni is now out of harm's way and being cared for. She is back at school, and is now learning about her rights as a child. Most importantly, she now understand that people like you care for her and want to help her find a better life. 

Thank you for all that you've done to rescue Deni. Because of you, and her brave little cousin Sutha, this precious girl can now escape the abuse and exploitation around her. 

If not for you, Deni would be at high risk of being trafficked, and may have disappeared altogether. 

There are many children in these poor villages that need your help. Yet as you can see, your gifts are making a life-changing difference. Please consider doing your part to rescue another little one like Deni.

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Rescued thanks to YOU!
Rescued thanks to YOU!

Fourteen-year-old Priya and her grandmother aren’t used to people visiting during the day. The visitors they are used to are strange men that come late at night in search of the illicit liquor that Priya’s grandmother brews and sells illegally.

Unfortunately for Priya – whose sister recently turned 16 and now spends her days working at a garment factory– life at home alone with grandma is not always enjoyable. Because of her grandmother's situation, this young girl is at tremendous risk.

Four years ago when Priya’s father died during a brutal civil war, Priya’s mother had no other option but to leave her two young daughters in the care of their grandmother while she went to find work abroad. Sadly, no one has heard from her ever since.

Situations like this are common in rural Sri Lankan countryside villages like Priya’s where war widows have been left with children to care for, with little or no financial support. Desperate, they often seek jobs as maidservants abroad, where more often than not, they end up becoming prostitutes or forced into slave labor once hired out to wealthy families.

Your gifts have been enabling World Concern staff to maintain a presence in Priya's village, promoting the Seek Out and Stop Initiative and educating the community about the dangers of trafficking, abuse, and exploitation.

As a result, concerned neighbors noticed that Priya and her sister weren’t going to school most days and were instead helping their grandmother brew illegal alcohol and then going out and selling it to men late at night.

Priya’s older sister, who is now old enough to work in a garment factory and earn around $2/day (which is given to her grandmother), takes the bus each morning to a garment factory in the nearest city an hour away where she sometimes works more than 14 hours a day. Some nights she doesn’t come home.

“We’ve heard similar cases about girls who supposedly work in garment factories,” a World Concern staff member explains, “but we found out they’re actually working as prostitutes…and this could be what is happening with Priya’s sister.”

Thanks to your compassionate gifts, Priya and her sister have renewed hope. Priya is being counselled, and we are now working closely with her grandmother in an effort to educate and put an end to Priya’s involvement in the illegal business. Thanks to your gifts, it is likely that Priya will return to school full-time. 

Thank you for your continued support in these remote and marginalized communities, and for reaching out and rescuing girls like Priya.

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Your gifts are giving girls like Kyung hope!
Your gifts are giving girls like Kyung hope!

Your gifts are making a signficant impact in the fight against child trafficking, and helping to save young girls, and give them hope, and opportunity to avoid the dangers in Sri Lanka.

We want you to know that over the past few months, your generosity has reached a staggering 4,198 children at risk. Without your help, these girls would be vulnerable, and exposed to the hands of predators. But thanks to your compassion, each child now has an understanding of their rights, and is more aware of the evil that is around them.

In dozens of small villages near the Thai border, you're helping rescue innocent girls, and young women, and preventing further abuse, and exploitation by raising awareness of their rights in the community. Your support is helping start Children’s Clubs in the villages, establishing counseling, and job training opprotunities, and supporting telephone hotlines that allow the community to report suspicious activities involving children. 

But surrounded by poverty, girls can still be easily exploited. The need for money and a lack of opportunity is putting girls llike Kyung at great risk.

When Kyung was only thirteen, she was approached by an older man who told her about the amazing opportunities for work in Thailand. Having lived her entire life in poverty, Kyung was excited to earn some extra money and help her family, but had no idea what the man had planned for her.

Sadly, Kyung didn’t find the hope she was looking for. Instead, she left for Thailand and was exposed to poor working conditions, fifteen-hour work days, manipulative and demanding bosses, and worse. But understandably, Kyung doesn’t want to talk about those horrifying experiences.

Today, your gifts are giving Kyung and others like her new hope.

When girls like Kyung return to their villages, and to their families, your support is there to show them that there are better options. You're helping to provide job training for girls like Kyung to learn skills that allow her to find safe, and meaningful work closer to home, and away from the danger in Thailand. 

Thank you so much for what you’re doing, and for helping seek out and stop trafficking in places like Sri Lanka. You're making an enormous difference, but please don't stop as there are countless girls like Kyung that need continued, and generous support to keep them safe.

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World Concern

Location: Seattle, WA - USA
World Concern
Cathy Herholdt
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Cathy Herholdt
Seattle, WA United States

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