Thousands of children are being rescued from slavery and abuse every year. But rescued survivors are traumatized, and often feel ashamed and unworthy of love. They need safe spaces to receive counselling, create healthy friendships, and work towards an independent future.
The healing process doesn’t happen quickly: it takes years of care and love. We believe every survivor of trafficking deserves a safe home, education and work opportunities.
Over the last 20 years, we’ve witnessed over 600 vulnerable women and children be empowered to heal, grow and thrive through our safe homes.
But we've seen hope and redemption up-close:
Our safe homes function like a family. With love and care, we help survivors work through trauma and heal alongside children and young adults of all ages with similar backgrounds.
Many children arrive at 15 years old and live in our homes for 8-10 years. We are committed to long-term care and meeting the unique needs of every boy or girl.
Often, rescued survivors did not attend school as young children and lack basic literacy skills. Entering the school system as a teenager can be detrimental to self-esteem and development.
When needed, we create safe schools and hire caring teachers that will respect the unique backgrounds of our students.
We encourage students to discover who they want to be and to pursue their individual dreams. After high school, we support the next steps through vocational training and/or post-secondary scholarships. Our goal is to empower young adults to independence and see their dreams realized.
When young adults are ready to be independent, our staff offers support with a reintegration plan. Sometimes, reintegration means returning to their families but often, it’s finding full-time work and living locally with other young adults.
This process happens on a case-by-case basis and no individual is ever forced to move. When they leave our homes, we empower them as extended family with continued support and care.
Scholarships & Vocational Training
Our social workers research by hiking for long hours into rural villages. We learn about the community and look for gaps in education or previous trafficker activity.
We visit rural villages (with a generator and projector screen) to share educational films about the dangers of trafficking. Films attract hundreds of viewers every time they are shown.
Most victims of human trafficking were not attending school at the time of their recruitment. We sponsor textbooks and school supplies required to attend public schools as a safeguard against trafficking.
Human trafficking is the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harbouring, or receipt of an individual by coercion for forced labour or sexual exploitation.
The most common way individuals are trafficked is by the promise of a job. Many vulnerable communities lack education about the warning signs of trafficking, and the poor are easily preyed upon.
Human trafficking is an organized crime and can take many forms:
A victim is forced into a situation of dependency on their trafficker and forced to provide sexual services to customers. Sex trafficking crimes include acquisition, transportation and exploitation.
Bonded labour often appears to be an employment agreement, but a worker begins with a debt to repay, only to find repayment of the loan is not possible. Their enslavement in brutal working conditions becomes permanent.
Live-in domestic help is often used as a cover for the exploitation and control of someone, usually from another country. Involuntary domestic servitude is forced labor, but warrants its own category of slavery because of the unique contexts and challenges it presents.
Statistics on forced marriage are hard to confirm, due to the often undocumented and unofficial nature of most forced marriages. An individual who is forcibly married may be trafficked for labor or sex by and for the financial gain of their spouse.
The unlawful recruitment of children by armed forces as combatants (or for other forms of labor) is human trafficking. Through force, fraud, or coercion, child soldiers are exploited and often abused by armed groups.
Individuals believe promises of work or educational opportunities, only to find themselves trapped in forced labour or prostitution. Captors abuse and threaten victims into submission until they accept there’s no way to escape.
It’s abuse, violence, coercion and manipulation of the poor and vulnerable.
Human trafficking is a horrific crime that does not discriminate against age or gender.