Repatriation support for survivors of trafficking to return home and provision of services for restoration including legal representation and rehabilitation support.
Slavery is the fastest growing organised crime in the world. There are an estimated 45.8 million people in some form of modern slavery (Global Slavery Index 2016).
Southeast Asia is a hub of human trafficking, particularly sexual trafficking. The years of conflict in the region, the high levels of corruption, and the transitions away from a Communist system have left many in very vulnerable positions and many are susceptible to being trafficked.
Thailand is a source, destination, and transit country for men, women, and children. Thai victims of trafficking and some of the estimated 3 - 4 million migrant workers in Thailand are forced, coerced, or defrauded into labour or sex trafficking.
The Thai sex industry employs approximately 150,000 to 200,000 girls and women. Children from Thailand, Burma, Laos, and Cambodia are victims of sex trafficking in brothels, massage parlours, bars, karaoke lounges, hotel rooms, and private residences.
This includes sex trafficking, bonded or forced labour, domestic servitude, recruitment and use of child soldiers, and forced marriage.
The SAFE Repatriation Assistance Program is designed to assist survivors to get legal support and access comprehensive services according to their identified needs, towards their repatriation and rehabilitation.
Services are provided by referral partner organisations and coordinated by an A21 case manager.
Project activities include mapping the legal framework and repatriation processes, operation of a Victim Crisis Centre Helpline, organisation of legal assistance, case management and placement monitoring, and development of a prevention program toolkit.
$1,500 can enable the provision of Social Work services for one month.
Lena was trafficked to Thailand for forced labour for years before being rescued and repatriated back home to her family. She is about to start cooking training school to pursue her dream of opening her own bakery.
Pray for the rescue and restoration of survivors of trafficking in the Mekong region and around the world.
Pray for increased awareness of trafficking and for effective responses to poverty to reduce the supply for traffickers.
Pray for effective solutions to combat trafficking and slavery around the world, including prosecution, policy implementation, and partnerships.
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Something to NOTE:
If you are part of a local church, please be mindful of your local church’s vision and be sure to graciously submit and share your heart with those in leadership in your life. We believe these Sisterhood projects should be seen as an ‘above and beyond’ endeavour that has the capacity to reach out and build bridges into our unchurched communities and ultimately be a blessing.
Also, please note that if the funding limit for your chosen project is reached, funds will be distributed to another Sisterhood project.
A21 is a not for profit organisation whose vision is freedom for every human being on the planet. Their mission is to abolish slavery everywhere, forever. A21 exists to see people rescued from bondage and completely restored. A21’s work includes protecting and caring for survivors of trafficking as well as prevention and awareness work. A21’s strategy is to REACH the vulnerable and disrupt the demand, RESCUE victims through identification and seek justice against their captors, and RESTORE survivors and equip them to live independently.
Walk Free Foundation (2016) Global Slavery Index 2016. Available: https://www.globalslaveryindex.org/findings/
US Department of State (2016) Trafficking in Persons Report. Available: https://www.state.gov/documents/organization/258876.pdf
World Health Organization (2001) Sex Work in Asia. Available: http://www.wpro.who.int/hiv/documents/docs/Sex_Work_in_Asia_July2001.pdf