Human traffickers prey on the most vulnerable, seeking women and children who don’t have support systems or financial security because they are easy to convince, manipulate, or kidnap. Children quit school, or don’t attend at all, and are forced to beg in the streets or sort through trash for something to sell or eat. Young girls and boys are work as house servants for the wealthy or as carpet weavers or brick makers. Once a child is trapped in a trafficking situation, there is little hope of escape.
Too often, the unthinkable occurs. A desperate family feels forced to sell their young daughter into an ancient form of ritualized prostitution. It’s horrific and illegal, and yet there are still over 100,000 girls and women trapped in this kind of sexual abuse in India.
Preventing trafficking and rescuing children is just the beginning. We give them what they need to reclaim their lives — safety, counseling, education, skills training, and dignity. Together, we must fight for children that predators want to use and abuse. We must give them a hopeful, promising future.