Human trafficking is modern-day slavery — a system in which both children and adults are bought and sold through force, coercion, threats, deception, or abduction. Human trafficking is criminal enterprise that results in forced labor and sexual exploitation. It is a global problem that affects people from many backgrounds or situations. However, people from poor families are especially at risk because traffickers prey on those who are vulnerable.
Romania is an international center for human trafficking. The country is known to be a source, transit, and destination spot for children, women, and men who are trafficked into sexual exploitation and forced labor. In the face of this evil, the Open Door Foundation ministers to women who are survivors of sex trafficking.
Located in Bucharest, the residential shelter is the only one of its kind in Romania.
The Open Door Foundation provides counseling, medical care, legal assistance, vocational training, protected housing, and pastoral care for trafficking survivors. Not only do women find protection and opportunities for healing and rehabilitation, but they also experience Christ-like love through the care of Christian staff members and volunteers from a local Nazarene church.
Tens of thousands of orphaned children live in Ukraine. Too often they are living in underfunded government institutions, in extremely crowded, unhealthy, and difficult conditions. Children who stay in these orphanages grow up disadvantaged educationally, socially, and emotionally. Many leave the orphanage, preferring instead to live on the streets. Others are forced out as teens because of overcrowding, leaving them few options for survival other than crime or prostitution.
In partnership with NCM, local Nazarene churches are providing ways for orphaned children to experience the love of Christ and gain opportunities for a better future.
In our world today, human trafficking makes slaves of millions of young women and men who are exploited and forced to do unthinkable things. For those who do find freedom, the road to recovery is not an easy one, but with support, it can become a path that leads to hope, healing, and restoration.
Education plays a key role in enabling survivors of trafficking to start a new life. Through a Christian university education, not only can survivors gain marketable job skills, but they can also gain stability, healthy relationships, and a safe place to experience and grow in faith. The NCM Scholarships for Trafficking Survivors fund exists to provide hope, healing, and restoration to survivors of human trafficking through education in a Christian setting.
Human trafficking is modern-day slavery — a system in which both children and adults are bought and sold through force, coercion, threats, deception, or abduction. Human trafficking is criminal activity that results in forced labor and sexual exploitation. It is a global problem that affects people from many backgrounds or situations. However, people from poor families are especially at risk because traffickers prey on those who are vulnerable.
The Church of the Nazarene has a presence in many countries where children and adults are vulnerable to trafficking. In these areas, NCM partners with local churches in anti-trafficking efforts that range from prevention and education to protection and rehabilitation. NCM’s strongest engagement with ending human trafficking is through prevention and providing economic and educational opportunities to lower the risk of poverty-induced trafficking.
As a member of the Wesleyan Holiness Consortium, the Church of the Nazarene helped to craft and has endorsed the consortium’s Declaration for Freedom, and NCM’s anti-trafficking work aligns with this declaration.
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