We directly engage in the interception of youth who are being trafficked and abused.
A shelter is a place where intercepted youth are evaluated, physically cared for, and counselled while their legal status is resolved. Beyond shelter care, youth are either restored with their families or placed in long-term family care.
R E H A B I L I T A T I O N
Commercially sexually exploited children have complex physical, emotional, psychological, social, and spiritual needs. The trauma experienced by these youth is multifaceted, long-term, and often lifelong. Thus, addressing and healing from this particular type of trauma requires dedication and time spent in therapy and self-care. Caretakers and professionals who have expertise and training, as well as a commitment to serving this population, should be involved in the lives of victims. Victims may need intensive therapy, counselling, medical care, attention, educational support, legal services, positive and unconditional social support, and a safe healing environment. Healing from trauma can take years and will require such forms of support.
Our Approach: How Matters
UNDERAGE AT-RISK YOUTH WITH FAMILY
Most other organisations that intercept or are given youth that can closely be associated with the trafficking issue (poor displaced, runaways, intercepted at the border, brought by police, rescued from the brothel, girl children of prostitutes etc.) are very eager to house these girls in ‘homes of hope’, ‘children’s homes’, orphanages, or other visible institutions. Although all studies have overwhelmingly demonstrated that children do best with their parents (even when parents are poor, have ‘immoral occupations’, live in bad communities or are from single parent homes) than in institutions. These organisations keep youth in order to 'protect’ them and use them to build visible and profitable ministries. We believe that this practice by anti-trafficking organisations mirrors rather than challenges the spirit that drives the traffickers as youth continue to be exploited for financial gain after their 'rescue'. Our approach is restoration. We gently return youth to their own families. We only take children when the legal system has deemed the families unfit because of abuse or neglect. No other reason to remove or keep children from their families is acceptable.
UNDERAGE AT-RISK YOUTH WITHOUT FAMILY
Most other organisations continue to rely on an institutional approach to care for children who do not have families. The same studies related to childcare indicate that the next best option for children without families is to be placed in a foster care family moving toward adoption. We are committed to working through the difficult challenges of governments and cultural practice to develop family care systems modelled after international foster care adoption practices.
OF AGE VICTIMS OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING
Most organisations are eager to be able to help youth escape a life of exploitation of the brothels or the street. However, they often keep victims for extended periods of time. We know several cases where victims have lived in 'homes' for nearly 15 years. These organisations do not seem eager to move them to the highest level of independence possible. We want to free the victims not just from the abuse of their former life as slaves but also from an identity that prevents them from being fully reintegrated into society. Our aftercare program focuses on independence, freedom, job training, counselling and discipleship in atmospheres of community. Participants are paid a salary, rent their own houses, and are trained in skills with a goal of seeing them released to other employment and/or marriage as they choose.