Heal the Vulnerability, Kill the Problem

We must come up with solutions that bring healing to the vulnerabilities of every individual society.

Vulnerability is defined as being capable or susceptible to being wounded or hurt.

Conversations about how to end human trafficking have been going on for years.  Do we punish the victims?  Do we punish the traffickers? Do we punish the purchasers?  Do we make brothels illegal?  Do we make prostitution legal?  How do we prove the sex wasn’t consensual?  Does that matter?

The issue of human trafficking is so complex that these questions barely scratch the surface. The legal, social, economic, physical, and emotional affects of human trafficking truly reeks havoc on the society that it is present in.

In societies where there is poverty, natural disasters, corruption, political instability, lack of education, lack of job opportunities, gender discrimination,  and oppression there is the ability for human trafficking to thrive.

 

Traffickers feast on these vulnerabilities, and use them to force and manipulate people into their despicable business. An example, in Nepal right now there are traffickers who will go to villages that have been damaged by the earthquake and pose as relief workers! People will fall prey to their tactics simply because of being hopeful that someone was trying to help them meet their basic needs.  There is no strategy too ruthless for a trafficker, and no person too valuable to spare.

To even begin to combat this humanitarian crisis we have to start at the root.  We must come up with solutions that bring healing to the vulnerabilities of every individual society.  People who are educated, secure, and able to generate their own income are much less likely to succumb to the tricks of traffickers.

At Free for Life International we have Community Building projects that are created intentionally to bring security to the Nepali people.  We provide income generating projects within the fields of tailoring, jewelry production, and agricultural and livestock development.  Livestock raising has been very successful to provide income generation. The method we work from is to provide a woman with livestock and all the things necessary to raise it; food, a pen, reproductive abilities.  Once the animal(s) gets pregnant and delivers, the woman then must give away a portion of the litter. This eventually creates financial sustainability for the entire village.

One of our favorite stories involves a woman who had been trafficked.  After her rescue she returned to her village.  Through Free for Life and our partners, Peace Rehabilitation Center,  she was provided with a pig to raise. This pig helped her purchase a computer, build a sturdy house, and send her three children to boarding school.   This one pig completely changed her economic status, and her life. dsc_1006

These programs are only the beginning, however they create a lasting impact.  An entire village can be changed and transformed, no longer a target for traffickers.  To be able to provide that safety and security is significant part of our mission at Free for Life International.


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Sarah Weeks
Sarah Weeks is the Art and Media Coordinator for Free for Life. Her heart has always been passionate about seeing social justice and equality for all people, which has led her to working with anti-human trafficking NGO's for the last 5 years in various asian countries. Sarah firmly believes with coffee in her hand, Beyonce' in her ears, and determination in her soul she can see a difference in the lives of human trafficking victims. View more posts by Sarah.