Child And Human Trafficking
Human trafficking is one of the grossest violation of human rights. it takes place all over the world, including south africa, which sadly is identified as a source, transit and destination country for human trafficking.
According to the 2014 Traffic In Persons (TIP) report, among children who are trafficked, girls are subjected to sex trafficking and domestic servitude, while boys are forced to work in street vending, begging, become child soldiers and perform criminal activities. However, most children are trafficked for sexual exploitation. The vulnerability of these children is even greater when they arrive in another country, as they usually do not have contact with their families, in some instances do not speak the language and are at the mercy of their traffickers. Poverty is the pre-condition that makes it easier for traffickers to operate and lure potential victims.
From there, the road becomes darker for the sufferers as they are often beaten, starved and abused by their captors, and even if the thought of escape surfaces in their minds, their families are threatened.
The Acorn Foundation aims strives to help its place-of-safety beneficiaries to help provide a safe haven for trafficking victims through assistance awareness campaigns in rural areas, ongoing counselling, skills development, food, clothing and nutrition.