43 girls and women rescued in Nepal as travel restrictions relax
Just under half of those rescued at the border met their trafficker during lockdowns over the past two months.
Agents monitoring border checkpoints are seeing an increase in travelers as the country’s COVID-19 travel restrictions relax. Traffickers continue to leverage social media to find and deceive their targets.
Among those rescued were a 21-year-old and her two-year-old daughter. They were being trafficked by a man she met on Facebook during lockdown the month prior. He had promised her a job and instructed her to lie to anyone who questioned her as she crossed the border. Both she and her daughter have been safely reunited with their family.
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Agents close eight cases in two weeks in the Dominican Republic
Agents assisted law enforcement teams and closed eight cases involving minors ages ten to 16.
Agents provided surveillance and interview assistance for six rape cases. One of our female agents, a psychologist, assisted with survivor interviews. We also aided in securing the arrest of the seven alleged perpetrators connected to the cases.
The other two cases involved sexual exploitation and child marriage. Local child welfare in the Dominican Republic (CONANI) will manage the next steps for the survivors.
31 children rescued in Uganda and on their paths to freedom
31 girls ages 14 to 17 have been rescued from sexual exploitation and joined our community care programs in Uganda
A major vulnerability shared by survivors in Uganda is an unstable home. It is not uncommon for a survivor to pass through numerous living situations involving different or absent guardians.
Of the 31 children rescued, only one child lived with both parents, and eight lived with a single parent. The rest were being cared for by relatives or lived on their own.
Our programs after rescue focus on a child’s unique situation to help her stay free. Our caseworkers and counselors might focus on repairing and strengthening strained family relationships. Older survivors are also able to learn vocational skills or do training on the job so they can afford rent with safe roommates.
25 rescued in Nepal
Agents in Nepal rescued 23 people at the border. Their efforts also ensured safety for two other survivors of sexual abuse and facilitated the arrest of their abusers.
A mother and her four-year-old son were among those rescued at the border. Nine of the survivors were children ages 15 to 18.
52 children rescued and enrolled in community care
Over the past few weeks, the survivors, ages eight to 17, have attended our initial trauma-rehabilitation program and begun the first steps of their freedom plan.
These rescues occurred in South Asia. Almost all of the survivors were being sexually exploited and abused in exchange for funds needed to survive.
Five of the survivors were eight years old.
Our program in this region focuses on trauma rehabilitation and training programs that help families break free from extreme poverty. In cases where a very young child is rescued, our freedom plan focuses on providing training opportunities for her guardian so that the child can attend school and the family is able to afford necessities such as food and shelter.
41 rescued across five countries!
Raid, border and covert rescues brought freedom to women and children in five different countries.
Raid operations in collaboration with the police brought freedom to 12 people in two different countries. Among those rescued were five children.
Eight girls and young women ages 14 to 21 accepted our team’s offer of freedom and joined our community care program in Cambodia. One 14-year-old girl was rescued in Thailand.
Border agents in Nepal rescued 20 people from human trafficking including a 10 and 12-year-old girl.
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