Human-trafficking is an estimated $150 BILLION industry, with approximately 21 million victims, 5.5 million of whom are children. Our second of five categories, trafficking is indelibly linked to all of the others, but predominantly the need to protect vulnerable children.
Children who grow up in an institution or orphanage are 10 times more likely to be involved in prostitution as adults, 40 times more likely to have a criminal record and 500 times more likely to commit suicide. One out of every three will experience homelessness.
Read more about our partners in the fight against human trafficking below.
GCA is representing the trafficking category for the second year in a row - a continuation of the incredible solutions they provide and the fruit being recognized by the Thai government and other organizations locally and globally:
GCA is based on the Thailand border in a major trafficking hub with Myanmar, and works within predominately Muslim and Buddhist communities
GCA prevents trafficking by ensuring orphaned and vulnerable children have safe families, which are empowered to thrive and equipped to protect.
GCA's protects victims by advocating for police response and rehabilitating women and children mentally, physically, and spiritually.
As the provincial model for short-term care, GCA works with the government to empower other shelters to better protect and care for vulnerable children.
Global Child Advocates has spent the last 10 years working in Thailand with survivors of abuse and trafficking as the government-decreed provincial model.
Every child needs an advocate.
Someone they belong to, who protects them from harm.
A mom. A dad. A family.
Millions of children have been separated from their families because of poverty and corruption, making them highly vulnerable to exploitation.
GCA works to break this cycle.
Having a hard time supporting her children from her low-paying job at the hair salon, Joy looked at her future with despair. When one of her customers told her about a restaurant job in Asia that paid $500/month, Joy was overjoyed at the potential of traveling abroad and making more money to pay for her children's school fees.
However, once she arrived in Asia, she was met at the airport by another woman who told her that she owed $5000 in debt and the only job was prostitution. With no money, no understanding of the foreign country she was in, and a boss who was abusing and threatening her, Joy was stuck and realized she had no way out except to work in prostitution to pay back the fraudulent debt.
This is just one story of the estimated 21 million people enslaved in the world today. Red Oak is working to rewrite this story by bringing freedom, hope, and restoration to trafficked and exploited women and children in East Asia.