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Maher Zain

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All children deserve to be safe and loved, whoever and wherever they are.
“There can be no keener revelation of a society's soul than the way in which it treats its children.”

Nelson Mandela

Despite this universal truth, human trafficking is the world’s fastest-growing criminal activity. Around 1.2 million children are tricked into leaving their families or taken against their will every year, with the sole aim of exploiting them for profit.

One Family believes the root causes must be weeded out to combat this crisis.

Because every child has a right to be raised in a caring environment, free from harm.

In Nepal, a trafficking hotspot, more than 10,000 children are forced into servitude each year and sent as far afield as India, China, Saudi Arabia, Russia, and Pakistan. The devastating earthquake of 2015 left many children homeless and orphaned, making them even more vulnerable. But even in more affluent countries, trafficking is rife, with 13,000 victims of modern slavery living in the UK alone. A third of these are children, many of whom are forced into crime.

All children need our protection, regardless of their background.

This is why One Family backs projects that offer grass-roots help. Schemes which provide both refuge and psychosocial assistance are vital to allow young people to re-navigate their way in the world, while also offering hope to those still in captivity. 

We also support longer-term research into child-trafficking, which will help experts tackle the problem on the ground. Additionally, training for those who deal with trafficked children will encourage more victims to come forward about their experiences.

Please join us in the fight to defeat trafficking and restore children’s happiness.

Always stronger together, we are One Family.

Sapana’s Story Breaking free from slavery

“My father always made me feel very unworthy,” says Sapana. “I had to show my worth by leaving school to earn money.”

When she was just 13, Sapana began working at a carpet factory in Kathmandu, labouring for 16 hours a day in harsh conditions, and for a pittance. When the 2015 earthquake in Nepal caused the factory to collapse, Sapana escaped - only to fall into the wrong hands again.  

After arriving on the Nepal-India border, where she had been told there were hotel jobs, she realised she was destined to fall into slavery. “I was about to make a horrible mistake due to my desperate situation,” she recalls. 

Fortunately, a team of border monitors working with UNICEF took her aside and placed her in protective custody, providing her with food and shelter. The information she disclosed then helped free other underage workers from a miserable fate. “I nearly fell into a trap,” she says. “But I am safe now. That makes me happy.” 

Thousands like Sapana have their childhood snatched from them every year.

Here's how you can help survivors like her build a brighter future:
£200 provides free SMS messaging for 200 people to report human trafficking in their communities, receive follow-up calls and tailored assistance.
£500 will provide a protection net for vulnerable girls and allow schools to be declared “trafficking-free,” using a Kobo ToolBox survey.
£1,000 will rehabilitate a trafficking victim through a skills-training institute.
£12,000 will set up a free trafficking hotline.
£20,000 will fund 20 training courses and train 315 front-line professionals to help 33,550 at-risk children in the UK.
£50,000 will fund a year-long research project into the exploitation of children trafficked to the UK for illegal cannabis cultivation.
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