Human trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery that enables people to profit from the control and exploitation of others. It’s a crime in which both children and adults are bought and sold into forced labor or commercial sexual exploitation through force, fraud, or coercion. Human trafficking dehumanizes people, turning them into commodities. It is a global problem that affects people in every country in the world. Victims include women, men, girls, and boys, and they cross all racial, ethnic, socio-economic, and educational backgrounds. Traffickers prey on individuals who are vulnerable. Situations including poverty, homelessness, family breakdown, societal exclusion, disasters, and conflict are some of the factors that create vulnerabilities to trafficking.
Nazarene Compassionate Ministries partners with local churches in anti-trafficking efforts that range from awareness and education campaigns to prevention efforts that lower individuals' risk of being trafficked to protection and care for victims of trafficking.
As a member of the Wesleyan Holiness Consortium, the Church of the Nazarene helped to craft and has endorsed a 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 a local congregation has opened two drop-in centers called Hope for Life. And that hope is exactly what they are trying to offer.
VICTIMS IN THE PHILIPPINES
The Philippines is the epicenter of online sexual exploitation of children (OSEC), otherwise known as cybersex trafficking, according to UNICEF. Through this crime, predators pay to watch the sexual abuse of girls and boys. Very often, the adult who has forced a child into a trafficking situation is a relative, neighbor, or friend of the family. More than half of the victims who have been identified in the Philippines are children 12 years or younger.
WHAT WE DO
HOLISTIC CHILD DEVELOPMENT
HIV & AIDS
REFUGEE & IMMIGRANT SUPPORT
WOMEN & GIRLS