This project aims to reach, rescue and restore female victims of trafficking, specifically those trafficked for the purpose of sexual exploitation and forced marriage. Our partner plans to reach 5,000 young girls and women in the red-light districts of Yangon, Myanmar’s capital, over 12 months. Through prevention, advocacy and outreach they aim is to rescue 60 young girls and women. We are being asked to support 15 victims through a program which will provide hope and restoration of dignity using trauma-informed care and economic empowerment through a jewellery business.
WHAT WE LIKE ABOUT IT
The red-light districts have become one of the primary trafficking hubs as young girls and women migrate to Yangon because of economic desperation. We like that the program takes 12 months to restore the girls as research shows that women who are returned too quickly to their families and communities without trauma counselling and support are at a high risk of being re-trafficked. We also value our partner’s commitment to continually build the capacity of local staff.
$15,400 to reach, rescue and restore 15 young girls and women over the course of a year which includes vocational training in jewellery-making, trauma counselling, personal development, a Welcome Pack, personal items and an emergency fund to support the family.
Human trafficking is the third largest international crime industry (behind illegal drugs and arms trafficking), driven by a blend of social circumstances. These social, economic, political and environmental determinants shape how people live, grow and work, ultimately affecting people’s vulnerability to exploitation. Profit-driven criminal groups thrive on unfavorable determinants like poverty, indebtedness, illness, conflict and joblessness – which is exactly where our partners are working.