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 40.3 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.
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, 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 70 youth workers in 31 schools, this is successful and unique youth work initiative that sees youth workers from the local church supporting and encouraging young people in practical ways.
In 2017, 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.
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.