According to UNICEF, there are over 200,000 children trafficked annually in West Africa. Orphan Relief and Rescue operates the Anti-Trafficking Initiative in a province of Benin that is one of the primary hubs for the trafficking of children in all of Africa.
The Challenge: Local Trafficking Stats
Approximately 20% of children are trafficked.
Most children are trafficked between the ages of 7 and 12 years old.
Woman, on average, have over 5 children.
53% of women have at least one child trafficked.
There is a definite correlation with the number of children a woman has and the likelihood of trafficking at least one child.
The rate of trafficking a child is increased by the number of children in the household
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children = 20% trafficked
children = 29.20% trafficked
children = 44.40% trafficked
children = 55.60% trafficked
children = 72% trafficked
children = 84.70% trafficked
children = 100% trafficked
Our strategy is comprehensive and addresses the many aspects driving child exploitation and trafficking.
Orphan Relief and Rescue works diligently to identify and bring back children who have been sold into a life of slavery.
We create safe environments and work diligently to ensure the children in our care receive mental and emotional support to begin the healing process, necessary medical attention, education or vocational training, and the opportunity to live with hopes and dreams again.
In collaboration with local leaders, we identify children at a high risk of being trafficked and engage intentionally to prevent those children from being sold. Our Intervention project includes nutrition assistance, schooling, and monitoring that ensures a child’s safety.
Our community development programs seek to address the driving factors of child trafficking, including reducing poverty. Parents can participate in our Micro-Finance program to receive a micro-loan and business development training that enables them to create a future for their families.
Our goal is to end child slavery in West Africa. We have seen first hand that The Anti-Trafficking Initiative is transforming a system that treats children as commodities.
Our strategic approach has resulted in the following:
- 494 kids who were at the highest risk of being trafficked, were intercepted and put on our feeding and school program.
- Over 50 children were brought back from slavery.
- 21 young adults have graduated from our apprenticeship programs and now have full-time jobs.
- Over 500 care givers have gone through our Micro-Finance program, many of whom had trafficked their children before we met them, and are now fighting against trafficking and testify they will never traffic another child.