43 girls and women rescued in Nepal as travel restrictions relax
Just under half of those rescued at the border met their trafficker during lockdowns over the past two months.
Agents monitoring border checkpoints are seeing an increase in travelers as the country’s COVID-19 travel restrictions relax. Traffickers continue to leverage social media to find and deceive their targets.
Among those rescued were a 21-year-old and her two-year-old daughter. They were being trafficked by a man she met on Facebook during lockdown the month prior. He had promised her a job and instructed her to lie to anyone who questioned her as she crossed the border. Both she and her daughter have been safely reunited with their family.
Rescue Update Archive
23 rescued in Nepal
Our efforts in Nepal secured freedom for 13 children and 10 women.
One girl, age 15, was attempting to cross the border after meeting a woman at a birthday party three days prior. The child was promised a tour and chance to go shopping if she crossed the border alone to meet the woman. She was rescued by our agents at the border and reunited with her family.
Two 15-year-old boys were rescued together at the border as they attempted to leave the country for jobs promised to them by a relative. The relative instructed them to lie if questioned and was unreachable after he learned the boys had been stopped by our agents.
Two girls rescued and on their paths to freedom in Cambodia
Two girls in Cambodia have stepped out of the sex industry and into freedom!
Both were rescued by our covert agents and have joined our community care program. Image is representational.
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16 girls rescued from sexual exploitation in Uganda
The girls, ages 13 to 17, have all joined our community care program.
Ten of the survivors had lost at least one parent and all were experiencing financial hardships and vulnerabilities.
In our community care program, children will live in their home environment, attend classes, receive meals and work with her caseworker on the steps unique to her freedom plan.
26 rescued in Nepal
25 women and children were rescued at the border and one 12-year-old boy was rescued from labor exploitation.
Among those rescued was a 17-year-old girl. She met her trafficker one month ago on Facebook and soon found herself falling for the charming young man. He convinced her to sneak away and cross the border so they could get married. Our agents rescued her and reunited her with her mother who expressed her gratefulness to our staff.
Our agents assisted police in the rescue of a 12-year-old boy being forced to work in a hotel after a man lured him out of the country. He and his family expressed their desire for the boy to continue his education so our staff coordinated his placement in a shelter that will provide him with access to schooling.
Ten children rescued in newest project in Africa
Ten children, ages eight to 16, have been rescued from sexual abuse and exploitation.
Rescue operations have begun in one of our newest locations. New projects start in a pilot phase allowing us to take the first steps of rescue, learn more about the dynamics of sexual exploitation in the region and adapt our programs to the specific needs of survivors.
Survivors are being cared for by vetted foster families in the area and are receiving the services offered by our community care program.