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.
Moldova, one of the poorest country in Europe, is a hotbed for human trafficking. Desperation, poverty, and lack of education make girls and young women vulnerable to traffickers who promise a better life, only to force them into slavery and prostitution.
Through the mobile intervention clinic, we will call victims through online ads, offer confidential surveys, and then provide free medical services. Medical professionals will provide health checks, rapid HIV/AIDS tests, and other needed services. During each visit, our Christian staff will be able to provide not only for their physical needs but also their spiritual needs. The goal will be to identify victims and potential victims and in turn point them to existing Christ-centered and holistic rehabilitation centers located in the area, getting victims and their children, as well as potential victims, out of this danger zone.
In India, an estimated 2 million-plus women and children are forced into prostitution. Many vulnerable, impoverished children and women are trafficked from small villages in India or neighboring countries; other women slip into this life out of the sheer need for survival. It’s here that the Church of the Nazarene has opened two drop-in centers called Jeevan Asha, or “hope of life.” And that hope is exactly what the church is trying to offer.
In the midst of darkness, the Jeevan Asha drop-in centers offer a safe place for women who are exploited and their children. The goal is to help women and children who are vulnerable to sexual abuse experience a dignified, hope-filled life.
Moldova, one of Europe’s poorest countries, is a hotbed for human trafficking. Desperation, poverty, and lack of education make girls and young women vulnerable to traffickers who promise a better life, only to force them into slavery and prostitution. The Church of the Nazarene is working to prevent the trafficking of at-risk girls by equipping them to develop freedom businesses.
A freedom business is a business that exists to fight human trafficking or commercial exploitation. The project will work to prevent the trafficking of vulnerable girls and young women in Moldova through a Freedom Business Incubator.
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