Human Trafficking is a crime in which one human controls and exploits another through the use of force, deceit, or coercion. Victims are often forced into labor or sex acts in order to repay an undefined debt that increases faster than it can be repaid. Human trafficking, a form of modern day slavery, is now among the fastest growing criminal businesses in the world.
Unfortunately, children are especially vulnerable to this crime. Both small children and teenagers are tricked, coerced, or sold into prostitution, pornography, or forced labor. Many are transported across borders into the global sex trade and are never reunited with their families again.
Once a child is removed from their family, the trafficker often confiscates their identification papers and takes them to an unknown location. There the child may be drugged and forced into prostitution, pornography, or menial servitude. Often they are beaten, raped, and locked up with little hope of escape.
Even if the child becomes free, they may require a lifetime of counseling and social services to heal from the deep physical and emotional traumas they have experienced. These are the types of services that Rapha International provides. By supporting our work, you can help us to continue providing these services.