Two rescued in Nepal during shelter-in-place
Despite strict travel restrictions, two young women have been rescued at border crossings in Nepal.
With a surge of COVID-19 cases late last month in the country, districts have temporarily restricted travel. Movement is limited to essential workers except for a window of time reserved for grocery shopping. Because of our work and relationship with the police, our agents are considered essential workers and remain on call, monitoring movement at all of our border locations.
A few traffickers have still attempted to lure young women out of the country. Some borders are simply rural roads with no barriers or gates, which allows foot traffic to still trickle back and forth.
One of the women our agents rescued tested positive for COVID-19 and is isolating at a quarantine facility. The other has been reunited with her family.
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Five girls rescued in Uganda
Five girls ages 16 and 17 have been rescued in Uganda and joined our community care program!
The children faced poverty and difficult family circumstances and were selling themselves in order to survive. Each made the brave choice to leave their life of exploitation and joined our community care program.
The survivors will work with their caseworker on their personalized freedom plans. In our program they will receive trauma-informed counseling and access to classes that will help them grow and gain skills for safe employment.
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.