Don't Trade Lives, Child Rescue and our field facing programs are three ways in which World Vision is honouring its commitment to protecting those vulnerable to trafficking and slavery.
Don't Trade Lives
Don't Trade lives is World Vision's campaign to influence the Australian Government and public to take action to combat human trafficking and slavery.
The campaign is informed by field-based evidence and trends World Vision has gathered and observed.
To achieve the goals of Don't Trade Lives, World Vision works in a variety of ways including:
- raising awareness and empowering communities to challenge traffickers from within
- providing resources to Australian groups to help them deliver anti-trafficking messages
- working closely with communities in the Asia region: teaching leaders, teachers, tourism operators, local governments and children themselves how to prevent child trafficking
- providing livelihood security for vulnerable people so they are less likely to migrate
- protecting migrant rights and helping with safe migration
- joining other advocate groups to advise governments on trafficking policy
- supporting all victims of trafficking so that they can rejoin their communities and avoid being re-trafficked.
Child Rescue is a means to support children who are beyond the reach of child sponsorship. Child Rescue helps to free vulnerable children from suffering, exploitation and abuse. It provides them with support and the opportunities they need in order to reclaim their lives.
Currently we have about 15 projects underway worldwide, mostly focused on urban areas in Asia. Projects are carried out based on the needs of the children involved.
World Vision’s work in this area includes:
- a child-safe tourism project in Cambodia
- reducing exploitation risks among vulnerable children in Thailand
- improving the quality of life for vulnerable children in Myanmar
- helping children orphaned by AIDS in Ethiopia
- educational opportunities for disadvantaged children in Laos
Thanks to Child Rescue supporters, the lives of many children have been transformed and they can now face the future with courage and renewed hope.
Human trafficking is a difficult problem to address for several reasons. One is that the crime often takes place without there being any recognition of it occurring. Other times, when it is recognised, perpetrators manage to escape punishment, despite the crime having illegal status. Until recently, the form of trafficking that has received the most attention is trafficking for prostitution, however, the problem is far more extensive than this.
To meet the challenge of addressing this problem, World Vision works in a variety of ways. These include:
- working with local communities to reduce their vulnerability. We do this through offering income-generating activities, in order to reduce the need to migrate for employment, and also through raising awareness about safe migration and labour rights;
- working across borders and with other organisations to support the return, repatriation and reintegration process for people who have been trafficked;
- empowering local communities to advocate for their rights; and
- advocating governments to effectively protect people living and working in their country.
This was originally published on the 29th of April 2009.