World Day Against Trafficking in Persons is coming up Tuesday, July 30th. The buying and selling of humans, known as human trafficking, is one of the world’s worst crimes.
In fact, human trafficking affects every country in the world. (UN)
With an issue so global, it can seem overwhelming, right? But there are ways we can get ahead of the danger and protect potential victims together.
Who Are the Victims, and How Can We Protect Them?
Traffickers usually prey on the weakest in society, those who are vulnerable and desperate.
Impoverished young girls and women are the most at risk for human trafficking, with most victims being identified as female. (UNODC)
But one of the best ways to stop human trafficking is to keep it from happening in the first place.
How Does Kinship United Work to Prevent Trafficking?
Kinship United provides safe spaces for women and children at risk. We find them and take them out of the dangerous situations they’re in, before those who wish to exploit them have the opportunity.
By partnering with a Kinship Project, you can provide homes for children who are vulnerable to traffickers. You can open the doors to children without families, and restore their childhoods through the love and care they receive within a Kinship Project.
When children are no longer on the streets, or no longer in abusive home environments, they are no longer in danger.
And often, the caregivers at the Kinship Projects are women who once found themselves vulnerable to traffickers. Kinship Projects have transformed the lives of these women as well.
Our international partners also offer programs to women in their communities to help them learn income-generating skills. With independence and the ability to care for themselves and their families, the women are no longer as vulnerable to those who might have taken advantage of their desperation.
In the face of an overwhelmingly large issue, you can make a difference. You can transform the life of one child or one woman. By supporting a Kinship Project, you maintain a sanctuary for a child who might otherwise be on the streets, or for a woman who finds herself without any means to support herself and her family.