Moldova is the poorest country in Europe today. The challenges of the economy have helped to breed all sorts of crime and illegal activity. One of the most horrific crimes of all is the trafficking of young people for sexual exploitation and slavery. Thousands of Euro’s monthly are promised for jobs abroad but these false advertisements often lead to global trafficking. This problem has grown exponentially in Moldova since 2004 and lives are being devastated!
Human Trafficking Prevention: Systematic and Strategic
JFY has been bringing awareness to young people across the nation through school presentations and city-wide awareness campaigns for the last 2 years. Our school campaigns are a systematic and strategic approach to helping stop trafficking in the nation. The more people hear, the more they are prepared to prevent trafficking.
We feel reaching young people in the schools is one of the most effective ways to prevent human trafficking. JFY now has full time staff going to each school and orphanage in the nation , serving as a grassroots “Human Trafficking Prevention Task Force,” conducting a quality presentation and a leaving a poster in a prominent place. The campaign is in full motion now and we hope to cover the whole nation, with the help of volunteers, within the next few years. The poster, shown in the photo below, has a special hotline number for people to call for more information on trafficking. The hotline operator will also help research job offers to make sure they are legitimate.
These systematic efforts to stop human trafficking are presently being conducted in the southern Moldova city of Cahul and the nearby villages. Cahul’s school #3 has hundreds of students now more aware about the dangers of trafficking. Thank you for your partnership to prevent trafficking in Moldova and Eastern Europe.
According to new United Nations report, human trafficking has expanded to 136 nationalities and 118 countries globally. Roughly 60% of all human trafficking is for sexual exploitation. Human trafficking for forced labor now comprises 38% of all trafficking, reflecting a 100% increase in just the past four years.
Sex trafficking is more common in Europe, Central Asia and the Americas, while the Middle East, while Southeast Asia, the Pacific, Africa and the Middle East are the predominant regions for labor trafficking. As a percentage of all modern day slavery, trafficking of children is up 30% in just the past few years, raising concern among UN officials. Woman and girls combined account for 75% of all human trafficking.
A big concern raised by the report is the fact that even though 134 countries now call human trafficking a crime, actual convictions are rare.
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Human Trafficking: The Evil That Knows No Borders
Human trafficking is an evil that is growing by leaps and bounds globally. It has a strong root system even in the neighborhoods and families of the victims, as reflected in the following report from Vicki, who visited some trafficking hot spots in Eastern Europe last year, seeking new opportunities for JFY to be a part of the solution. Here is what Vicki reported:
[quote]”Just returned from our investigative trip through Moldova, Romania, Bulgaria and Turkey. Incredible, the amount of Russian speaking girls in these countries. Found out that in Romania and Turkey, it is not uncommon for parents to sell their daughters to men for marriage as young as 14 years old. In some villages, it is thought to be prestigious to get a “job” as a prostitute. Met few people that are trying to combat this evil that knows no borders![/quote]
Human trafficking of women and children
The evil of human trafficking children often starts in the home. The sad reality is family members (immediate and extended) often play a lead role in selling their kids into slavery, usually through touting a job offer, or “someone they know” who wants to provide this young person with a job to help the family out. There are so many underhanded tactics being employed. Providing information on human trafficking to young people in the schools–the very who are being targeted the most, is a laser focus of JFY.
Justice For Youth has a simple but effective strategy to combat human trafficking of children. We are presently engaged in an adopt a school initiative geared to educate and inform students of the evils and tactics of trafficking. Our hope is that in learning of the dangers, young people will avoid the pitfalls that lead to enslavement. An ounce of prevention, it has been said, is worth a pound of cure!
If you would like to help, click HERE to find out more about this strategy.
Justice For Youth is presently engaged in an adopt a school initiative geared to educate and inform students of the evils and tactics of trafficking. Our hope is that in learning of the dangers, young people will avoid the pitfalls that lead to enslavement. An ounce of prevention, it has been said, is worth a pound of cure!