As a precious blessing from God, children should be loved and cherished and kept safe from harm. But every year, unimaginable numbers of vulnerable children are trafficked and sold into sex slavery, forced marriages and bonded child labour.
“Children are a blessing and a gift from the Lord.” (Psalm 127:3)
They are sold for a profit, targeted because their youth and poverty make them vulnerable, robbed of their childhood.
Savita was only 12 years old when she was trafficked into slavery by her own aunt.
Savita’s family was extremely poor. So when her aunt encouraged her to accept work in a nearby city, she left her rural life behind her in the hope of being able to help her poverty stricken parents.
Within a week, Savita had been handed over to a labour hire firm for domestic workers. But that was only the beginning of a 14 month long nightmare.
Savita was eventually rescued from slavery, but many others are not. Even still, we refuse to tell you that Savita is one of the lucky ones.
In fact, when it comes to stories like Savita’s, there should be no such thing as a “lucky one”. EVERY child deserves a childhood. And no child should ever be made to live through the horrors of exploitation, slavery and abuse.
By supporting our Vulnerable Children Fund, you help to rescue trafficked children and reunite them with their families. But more importantly, by committing to love vulnerable children (like Savita) you can stop this from happening to them in the first place.
*Name changed for privacy and protection reasons.