Where does the money go?

All money raised goes to Tearfund’s ‘Protect’ cause which combats human trafficking and exploitation. Funds contribute to both international and NZ projects.


An estimated 24.9 million people are trapped in slavery today. More than ever before in history. Around 4.8 million people are victims of forced commercial sexual exploitation – approximately the population of New Zealand. 99% of these are women and girls.

Tearfund’s Protect cause combats human trafficking and exploitation through five partners in five countries: Thailand, Cambodia, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Fiji. We work across the spectrum in prevention, prosecution, and rehabilitation.

New Zealand

Brothers In Arms is a local mentoring programme that exists to bring hope and life-change to marginalised young people through quality, long-term mentor relationships. Brothers in Arms work closely with police, schools, health and educational social workers to identify at-risk young people and pair them with volunteer mentors from their local communities.

24/7 YouthWork is an out-of-school, extra-curricular programme that addresses a broad range of needs for mainstream youth. With 175 youth workers in 72 schools nationwide, this successful and unique youth work initiative sees youth workers from over 100 local churches supporting and encouraging young people in practical ways.

In 2018, Tearfund’s partners helped to combat human trafficking and exploitation in five countries. We are on the #moveforfreedom.

The face of human trafficking and exploitation

Maya found herself in the wrong place at the wrong time. The 14-year-old accompanied her best friend to the city to meet the man her friend was pledged to marry. Both young girls had no clue the marriage offer was a lie, and they were trafficked into an Indian brothel. It was a nightmare beyond her imagination.

Maya is now free

This beautiful Nepali teenager was living in hell, unable to leave, starved, beaten and repeatedly and viciously abused. Maya suffered a cruelty she “wouldn’t wish upon demons”.

Maya’s escape from the brothel didn’t bring the freedom she had hoped. Like many young trafficked girls, Maya returned home only to face profound shame and disgrace. Maya was now an outcast; rejected by the community she was stolen from.

Twenty years on, the Maya that walked shamefully back to her village is no longer recognizable; she is a vibrant and flourishing woman. The love and support of Tearfund’s partner over the years has meant that Maya is empowered to share her story, teaching her community and her daughters about the dangers of trafficking.


What’s the focus of Tearfund’s Protect cause?

Tearfund’s Protect cause combats human trafficking and exploitation, working across the spectrum in prevention, prosecution and rehabilitation. We work through five partners in five nations – Thailand, Cambodia, Nepal, Fiji and Sri Lanka. In 2017, our Protect work impacted more than 7000 people caught in modern-day slavery across these five countries.

How many people are trapped in human trafficking and exploitation worldwide?

There are 24.9 million people are enslaved in forced labour exploitation. More than ever before in history. Of this, 4.8 million are victims of forced commercial sexual exploitation. 99% of these are women and girls. The estimated annual profit generated through human trafficking and slavery is $230 billion (NZD). Of that, commercial sexual exploitation generates $150 billion.

Does this only happen in one area of the world, or is it a global issue?

Modern slavery occurs in every region of the world. It is most prevalent in Africa (7.6 per 1,000 people), followed by Asia and the Pacific (6.1 per 1,000) then Europe and Central Asia (3.9 per 1,000). Forced labour is highest in Asia and the Pacific, where four out of every 1,000 people are victims.

What do you mean by slavery? What do you mean by human trafficking? What’s the difference?

The ILO describes slavery as situations of exploitation that a person cannot refuse or leave because of threats, violence, coercion, deception, and/or abuse of power. The UN defines human trafficking as the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harbouring or receipt of persons, by means of the threat or use of force or other forms of coercion, of abduction, of fraud, of deception, of the abuse of power or of a position of vulnerability or of the giving or receiving of payments or benefits to achieve the consent of a person having control over another person, for the purpose of exploitation. If a child is recruited with the intention of exploitation, this is automatically classed as trafficking regardless of whether coercion is used or not. In short, trafficking is the process by which someone becomes exploited, and slavery is the situation of exploitation they cannot refuse or leave.