Human Trafficking

Human Trafficking Be A HERO

There are an estimated 27 million adults and 13 million children around the world who are victims of human trafficking.

World Vision estimates that between 10 to 14 million children are victims of the sex trade.

Other stats include:

  • An estimated 1.2 million children are trafficked every year, and 2 million children, mainly girls, are believed to be exploited through the commercial sex trade.
  • Of the one million prostitutes in Thailand 80% are under 18.
  • In Zambia 2/3rds of all child prostitutes are AIDS orphans and then they get AIDS themselves.

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What We've Done - Cambodia Hope Organization - Children's Village - Poipet, Cambodia

on Monday, 18 June 2012. Posted in Completed Projects, HIV/AIDs & other diseases, Extreme Poverty, Exploitation, Homelessness, Human Trafficking, Infrastructure, Orphans, Slave Labour & Exploitation, Sustainability, Cambodia

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City: Poipet, Cambodia
Project: Children's Village - Safe  Haven
Partner: Cambodian Hope Organization

In partnership with Hope for the Nations and Cambodian Hope Organization, Be A HERO has completed Stage 1 of the children’s village in Poipet - a children’s home for 24 at-risk children. The Children’s Village is desperately needed to enable the rescue of children before they fall victims of kidnapping and trafficking.

What We've Done - Cambodia Hope Organization - Safe Haven Childrens' Home - Poipet, Cambodia

on Monday, 18 June 2012. Posted in Completed Projects, HIV/AIDs & other diseases, Extreme Poverty, Exploitation, Homelessness, Human Trafficking, Infrastructure, Orphans, Slave Labour & Exploitation, Sustainability, Cambodia

Cambodia Safe Homes Be A HERO

City: Poipet, Cambodia
Project:  Safe Haven Children's Village
Partner: Cambodia Hope Organization

Safe Haven Children’s Village has six children’s home each for 8 at-risk children and one mother. The Children’s Village was desperately needed to enable the rescue of children before they fall victims of kidnapping and trafficking. Five hectares of land has been purchased to facilitate this project.

Issues - India

on Thursday, 05 September 2013. Posted in India, HIV/AIDs & other diseases, Extreme Poverty, Exploitation, Human Trafficking, Natural Disasters

Hunger

The main influence of the hunger crisis in this region is the overwhelming overpopulation of the country, as at July 2007, India’s population is estimated to be 1 129 866 154 people, with 63% of these aged between 15 – 64 years. Only 2.8% of their total land mass is being used for agricultural purposes. (1)  

(1) Ref:  https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/in.html  

Poverty

In the last decade India has been able to decrease their poverty rates by 10% however this amount barely scraps the surface of the problem with 25% of the population (or 282 466 538 total people) in  India still suffering extensive poverty, with the percentage of people living with less than US$2 a day at 79.9 %, that is close to one billion people who exist on $2 for the day, that’s one loaf of bread perhaps, one litre of milk, a handful of grain but not all of the above together, no butter for your bread, no coffee for your milk, The huge and ever-growing population is the fundamental social, economic and environmental problem that they face. (1) While the population faces insurmountable odds just to survive, with 8 812 920 people unemployed these odds diminish significantly. Education is virtually inaccessible to the poor of this region. India currently has 600 000 Internally Displaced Persons in their country. (1)  
(1) Ref:  https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/in.html  

Current Project - Homes of Hope International - Night Creche and Computer School - Miraj, India

on Thursday, 21 March 2013. Posted in Current Projects, Orphanages - Childrens Homes - Rescue Centres, Schools - Education, India, HIV/AIDs & other diseases, Extreme Poverty, Exploitation, Human Trafficking, Infrastructure, Slave Labour & Exploitation

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City:  Miraj, India
Project:  Night Creche & Computer School
Partner:  Homes of Hope International

The city of Miraj is located approximately 400km's south of Mumbai and is home to over 500 commercial sex workers. Miraj has one of the highest incidences of HIV/Aids in India.

The Night Crèche project will increase protection for these children at risk through a safe place for them to sleep at night, assistance with homework, teaching personal boundaries and health, a meal, seminars for their mothers, and access to a social worker and assessment services that will determine when a high risk child needs to be taken into full time care. Furthermore, the Night Crèche project will also conduct a computer school for primary and high school age children to give them skills that will enable them to find employment, or pursue tertiary education, upon completing high school.

 

Current Project - Agape International Ministries - Sewing Training and Employment - Svay Pak, Cambodia

on Wednesday, 13 March 2013. Posted in Current Projects, Vocational Training - Self Sufficiency - Income Generation, Orphanages - Childrens Homes - Rescue Centres, Extreme Poverty, Exploitation, Human Trafficking, Infrastructure, Slave Labour & Exploitation, Sustainability, Cambodia

 
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City: Svay Pak, Cambodia
Project: Vocational Training
Partner: Agape International Ministries

Svay Pak is known as the prostitution capital of Phnom Penh. Be A HERO is working in Svay Pak to eradicate prostitution, human trafficking and slave labour by partnering in a vocational training facility which rescues the girls, rehabilitates them and then teaches sewing, English and Khmer literacy and numeracy, bible study, personal care and values.  The girls are employed in the sewing business which is providing them with good wages, working conditions and sustainability.

Issues - The Philippines

on Thursday, 19 September 2013. Posted in HIV/AIDs & other diseases, Extreme Poverty, Homelessness, Human Trafficking, Natural Disasters, Orphans, Slave Labour & Exploitation, The Philippines

In the cities, neglected and abandoned children find themselves in the streets fending for themselves and vulnerable to the various evils of the urban jungle such as drug addiction, crimes and commercial sexual exploitation. Children who are neglected or abandoned are easy prey not only to accidents but to commercial sexual exploitation, drugs, crime and unwanted pregnancies.   Incidents of child abuse is still on the rise especially child sexual abuse. Also on the rise are reports of physical abuse and maltreatment of children. According to the statistics, there are approximately 40,000 to 50,000 street children of all categories in Metro Manila.  Studies conducted reveal that the number of street children range from 2 to 3% of the child and adult population.  The national project on street children estimated the number of street children at over 220,000 in 65 major cities as of 1993.   There are now about 350 government and non government agencies that are responding to street children and their families.  The government has given special focus on helping street children with programs focused on health and nutrition, educational assistance, parenting sessions, livelihood and skills training, residential care, foster care and adoption. However for as long as there would be squatter colonies sprouting in urban areas and for as long as there are not enough jobs, street children will continue to dominate in the streets.   In a 1993 survey of households, some 16% of households surveyed have children below 12 years old who are left unattended with no supervising adult in the house. This translates to one in six households where children are without adult supervision.  

Current efforts to fight child abuse are focused on tri-media campaign, information dissemination, raising awareness in the family, school and community of the evils of child abuse.  There is also a need for a more systematic effort at helping victims deal with the psychological trauma and scars of child abuse through proper psychological counseling programs that target not only the abused child but the family as well.

Background

The growing number of street children found in urban areas has long been a concern of the government.  Continuing efforts by the government and non-government agencies to provide services for both the street children and their families never seem to be enough. Street children are the largest number of vulnerable and exploited children in many countries with ages ranging from 5-18 years old. These children ply the sidewalks in a desperate attempt to eke out a living.   The Salvation Army Joyville Children’s Home is a rehabilitation center located in Pantay Road, Barangay Bukal, Tanay, Rizal, South of Manila. It is an ideal place for rehabilitation program because it is far from the city and the facilities offer better opportunities for wholesome development.     The major issues facing the children of this region are:-      Hunger & Poverty
    Diseases
    Natural Disasters
    Exploitation & Discrimination.

Hunger & Poverty   

In Metro Manila, where population growth, urbanization and migration continuously increase, children are often forced by circumstances to help their families earn a living. Most street children are of poor parents who have migrated from rural areas to find better job opportunities in the city, but lack of education renders them ill-equipped to earn or survive in the city.  Current population projections for July 2007 are 91 077 287 people, of this 31 458 591 or 34.5 % are children.    Statistics from the World Fact book, note that the percentage of the population of the Philippines who are living below the poverty line is 40%. The unemployment rate from the same source states that as at 2006 the rate is 7.9% of the population or approximately 7 200 000 persons. For comparison that is 1/3 of the Australian Population. The Philippines public debt is estimated to be 61.6% of their GDP. (1)   (1) Ref: (https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/)  

Diseases

“Every minute of every day, a child under the age of 15 becomes infected with HIV”.  (1) Many diseases affect the children of the Philippines the most prevalent are HIV/Aids, Tuberculosis, Hepatitis A, Typhoid, Dengue Fever, Malaria and Bacterial Diarrhoea.   Of the 15 years to 49 years age group there are believed to be 7 195 105 people affected with the HIV/Aids virus. (2)  

(1) Ref:  http://www.unaids.org/en/HIV_data (2) Ref:  http://www.unaids.org/en/HIV_data  

Natural Disasters

The Philippines lie within the typhoon belt for this region. There is an average of 15 typhoons per year and 5-6 cyclonic storms affect this area as well. Mudslides caused by the uncontrolled deforestation of the area also contribute to the natural disasters of the area along with landslides, active volcanoes, earthquakes and tsunamis. (1)  

(1) Ref:  https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/

Exploitation & Discrimination  

    Child sexual abuse remains controversial, the most concealed and under reported form of sexual abuse. To date, reported cases of sexual abuse and exploitation of children are increasing. In 1997, the reported cases of child abuse received by the Department of Social Welfare and Development were 4,394 - 53% of which were sexually abused.  The real extent of this problem is greater than what statistics show because of a number of unreported cases.
      Accurate figures for trafficking are difficult to obtain due to the illicit & illegal nature of the practice.
    It was estimated by the UN in 2003, that over 1 million children are being illegally involved around the world in Child Sex Trafficking.  It is more than likely this figure has increased according to past data information.  Of this number one third are believed to come from the Asia region and a significant majority of these are young girls between the ages of 12 – 18 years old.”
    Prostitution exists in nearly all the Countries of the World… “It is exacerbated by economic & social upheaval, extreme poverty, deprivation and excessive consumerism”… (2)
    You can, for $ 1.00 (AUS) buy a 12 year old girl off the street and own her for the night; she will be yours to do whatever you want.
    The demand for domestic servants, cheap labour, adoption, prostitution, and pornography are what drives the illegal practices of human trafficking. (1)
    The street child works under the heat of the sun or in the dark of the night from 6 to 16 hours, seven days a week, often in a combination of “occupations” each considered their only means to survive. Street children have a bleak present and an uncertain future.  Life in the street is a constant struggle to overcome the various negative elements that threaten to overtake and destroy the hope for survival.  In the cities, neglected and abandoned children find themselves in the streets fending for themselves and vulnerable to the various evils of the urban jungle such as drug addiction, crimes and commercial sexual exploitation. Children who are neglected or abandoned are easy prey not only to accidents but to commercial sexual exploitation, drugs, crime and unwanted pregnancies.

  (1) Ref:  http://www.childwise.net. (2) Ref:  http://www.crin.org/themes/ViewTheme.

The Facts - State Of The World - Children

on Tuesday, 19 June 2012. Posted in The Facts, Projects, HIV/AIDs & other diseases, War and Conflict, Extreme Poverty, Exploitation, Homelessness, Human Trafficking, Natural Disasters, Orphans, Slave Labour & Exploitation, War and Conflict

  • An estimated 10 million children have been forced into the sex industry
  • About 500 million children live with debilitating hunger
  • 134 million children have no access to any school whatsoever
  • 15 million children are orphaned as a result of AIDS
  • 246 million children work, with 171 million engaged in the worst forms of child labour
  • 265 million children have not been immunized against any disease
  • Over one third of children have to live in dwellings with more than five people per room
  • Over half a billion children have no toilet facilities whatsoever
  • Almost half a billion children lack access to published information of any kind
  • 376 million children have more than a 15-minute walk to water and or are using unsafe water sources
  • 300,000 young people are exploited as child soldiers

Issues - Cambodia

on Monday, 18 June 2012. Posted in HIV/AIDs & other diseases, War and Conflict, Extreme Poverty, Exploitation, Homelessness, Human Trafficking, Natural Disasters, Orphans, Slave Labour & Exploitation, Cambodia, War and Conflict

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The UN ranks Cambodia as one of the world’s poorest countries and the people of Poipet have very little. As a border town Poipet is home to many Cambodians who hope to find work in Thailand. Most fail, and are relegated to the huge slum communities, becoming drawn into the town’s underground world of illegal gambling, prostitution, and sex trafficking. At particular risk are the 300 street children who daily carry packages across the border for the equivalent of only seven cents per delivery, sleeping in the open at night. Many of these children are kidnapped, trafficked across borders, and forced to work in the international sex trade.

Issues - Exploitation - Kenya

on Monday, 18 June 2012. Posted in The Facts, HIV/AIDs & other diseases, Extreme Poverty, Exploitation, Homelessness, Human Trafficking, Infrastructure, Orphans, Kenya

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Kenya is a country of origin, destination, and transit for victims trafficked for the purposes of sexual exploitation and forced labor. Victims are trafficked from South Asian and East Asian countries and the Middle East through Kenya to European destinations for sexual exploitation. Asian nationals, principally Indians, Bangladeshi, and Nepalese, are trafficked into Kenya and coerced into bonded labor in the construction and garment industries. Kenyan children are trafficked internally from rural areas to urban centers and coastal areas into involuntary servitude, including work as street vendors and day laborers, and into prostitution. Women and children are trafficked from Burundi and Rwanda to coastal areas in Kenya for sexual exploitation in the growing sex tourism industry.

Current Project - SHE - Rescue Home - Phnom Penh, Cambodia

on Wednesday, 20 March 2013. Posted in Current Projects, Vocational Training - Self Sufficiency - Income Generation, Orphanages - Childrens Homes - Rescue Centres, Extreme Poverty, Exploitation, Human Trafficking, Cambodia

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City:  Phnom Penh
Project:  Rescue Home for trafficking and prostitution
Partner:  SHE

This Rescue Home is a holistic development project and after care shelter catering to the specific needs girls aged 5- 16 who have been raped, prostituted, trafficked, or at risk. 
Based in Phnom Penh, the Home provides each of these girls with a safe and secure place where counselling, medical attention, and educational/vocational training and opportunities are provided. Educational activities include attending private school with supplemented language classes in both Khmer and English, literacy and computer skills.



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Current Supported Project - Empowering Cambodia - Training and Employment - Phnom Penh, Cambodia

on Wednesday, 20 March 2013. Posted in Current Projects, Vocational Training - Self Sufficiency - Income Generation, HIV/AIDs & other diseases, Extreme Poverty, Exploitation, Human Trafficking, Slave Labour & Exploitation, Sustainability, Cambodia

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City:  Phnom Penh
Project: Vocational training
Partner:  Empowering Cambodia

This project has a heart to equip, empower and enrich the lives of the Cambodian people by providing long term solutions through the provision of quality development projects and is one of the centres supported by the HERO Shop.

Program beneficiaries bring with them a number of issues resulting from their circumstances, which include, but are not limited to children and youth who are living in extreme poverty, victims of sex trafficking, rape, domestic violence and addictions; children, youth and adults living with HIV; orphans either due to death, abandonment or poverty; and child headed households and labourers.

HERO Army News - October 2014

on Monday, 13 October 2014. Posted in Current Projects, Bangladesh, Current News, HERO Shop, Vocational Training - Self Sufficiency - Income Generation, Schools - Education, How to Be A HERO, Human Trafficking, Cambodia

 

 

HERO ARMY News October 2014

Welcome to the October 2014 HERO Army News. This month we share about our Cleveland District State High School uniforms; our upcoming Super HERO Dinner; and how one girl can help those in need with a little help. Enjoy...

Super HERO Dinner - Friday 7 November, 2014

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JOIN US FOR A FUN NIGHT DRESSED AS YOUR FAVOURITE SUPER HERO TO TRANSFORM CHILDREN'S LIVES

Cost: $65.00 per person or $500 for a table of 10 people

Time:  6.30pm for a 7.00pm start

 

Where:  Pacific Resort, Middle Street, Cleveland 4163

MC: Nova Radio Host - Kip Wightman

Guest Speakers: Everyday Super HEROES - Ryan and Anna Cuthel

How can you easily "Be A HERO"

Lucky Door Prizes - Best Dressed Super HERO - Raffles/Auction

Click the register now button to book or contact David Crawford 0402 137305 for Table Bookings and/or Sponsorship.
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Cleveland High School Uniforms

 

hero shop tag 5.jpgCambodian girls having their lives transformed through the making of school uniforms!!!

After a meeting with school principal, Paul Bancroft in 2013, Cleveland District State High School decided to take its already extensive social justice programs to new frontiers by giving Be A HERO the opportunty to make the school's senior uniforms through our HERO Shop!agape 3.jpg

The HERO Shop concept is to make transformational change of lives in developing countries as well as helping to engage Australians who purchase clothes made by extremely poor, rescued or "at risk" girls in developing countries.

The Cleveland High students can actively participate by wearing and feeling the difference they are making in the lives of rescued girls, thus empowering the next generation so they can be part of the solution for others through this training, empowering and income generating process.

The two projects that Be A HERO work with in Cambodia support over 85 girls and they have been busy making the school uniforms.

agape 1.jpgThe uniforms will be delivered over the coming weeks to be ready for the 2015 school year.  This will be an incredibly exciting time for all of us at Be A HERO and our project partners.

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While Fiona was in Cambodia recently she caught up with one of our great friends Sophy. Sophy works on the ground in Phnom Penh helping keep babies from being trafficked.

Sophy is an amzazing example of helping her own with all of her energy and talents, so when she shared with Fiona how much she needed proper transport to get around, naturally Fiona was empowered to help raise some money to by a moto.

So, the text mesages went out and the "Super HERO" Break the Cycle Cambodia team pitched in and raised $1200 and 48 hours later Sophy took possession of her new (second hand) Honda. We are blessed to have such incredible friends and now Sophy can help more of those in need - awesome!! Michael De Jong (Be A Hero supporter) said, "It was great being involved again in what Be A Hero does best - making a difference and helping those like Sophy be able to help others in Cambodia".

Till, next month when we see you at the dinner... we love you Heroes!

David & Fiona

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Human Trafficking - More Info

on Monday, 18 June 2012. Posted in Bangladesh, Brazil, Myanmar, Burundi, The Congo, Ecuador, Ethiopia, The Facts, India, Indonesia, Ghana, Liberia, Malawi, Mexico, HIV/AIDs & other diseases, Mozambique, Romania, Sierra Leone, Extreme Poverty, Swaziland, Exploitation, Uganda, Human Trafficking, Zimbabwe, Slave Labour & Exploitation, Thailand, Kenya, Cambodia, Zambia, The Philippines

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Warning: Some of the content of this article is disturbing - reporting treatment of trafficking victims.

What is human trafficking? According to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), human trafficking is defined as, "the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harboring or receipt of persons, by means of threat or use of force or other forms of coercion, of abduction, of fraud, of deception, of the abuse of power or of a position of vulnerability or of the giving or receiving of payments or benefits to achieve the consent of a person having control over another person, for the purpose of exploitation."

Issues - Bangladesh

on Friday, 06 September 2013. Posted in Bangladesh, The Facts, HIV/AIDs & other diseases, War and Conflict, Extreme Poverty, Exploitation, Homelessness, Human Trafficking, Natural Disasters, Slave Labour & Exploitation

Bangladesh is one of the world's most densely populated countries, with its people crammed into a delta of rivers that empties into the Bay of Bengal.

Poverty is deep and widespread; almost half of the population live on less than one dollar a day. However, Bangladesh has reduced population growth and improved health and education.

171,000 children under five die in Bangladesh every year. Unclean water, contagious diseases, pneumonia and poor nutrition take their toll. In a country with 11% inflation and growing inequality, keeping children alive and healthy is a huge challenge.

The major employer is agriculture, but it is unable to meet the demand for jobs. So, many Bangladeshis - in common with citizens from other countries in the region - seek work abroad, sometimes illegally.

The low-lying country is vulnerable to flooding and cyclones and it stands to be badly affected by predicted rises in sea levels.

Cyclone Pam Relief Appeal

on Monday, 16 March 2015. Posted in Current Projects, Bangladesh, Vanuatu, Current News, HERO Shop, Vocational Training - Self Sufficiency - Income Generation, Schools - Education, How to Be A HERO, Human Trafficking, Cambodia

 

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VANUATU EMERGENCY RELIEF / CYCLONE PAM

A major relief effort in Vanuatu after the devastation of Cyclone Pam is already underway, we are calling on all HEROES to support the efforts of locals to help those in desperate need.pangobeahero1.jpg

News from the ground in Vanuatu...

Like many other villages, Pango Village, just outside Port Vila, was devastatingly hit when Cyclone Pam crossed from the east to the west side of Vanuatu on Friday 13 March.

Initial reports and photographs show that the community has been severely affected with many roofs and shacks destroyed, trees uprooted, subsistence gardens lost, jobs in jeopardy and lives in ruins.

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Over the past 10 years our friends at Cleveland High School have built a relationship with Pango Village, with groups of staff and students undertaking ambitious projects in the local schools and kindergartens.

Staff and students from their Sister School, Pango Centre School, have travelled to Cleveland for personal development and expanded education.

People urgently need shelter, clean water, food and sanitation and as we find out more information we will alert you to specific needs like housing and infrastructure rebuilding.

While it is exciting to build relationships in good time, the test of these relationships comes in times of need.

We are appealing to all school families as well as the wider Be A HERO community, to reach out with a tax deductible donation to help to help rebuild the schools, kindergartens, village infrastructure and homes of those worst affected, as well as to provide emergency aid where needed.

All money raised will go to the relief effort in Pango Village and beyond if possible.

If you want to help, donations can be made to Be A HERO Australia on the link below or bank transfer.donate

Westpac Bank - Be A HERO Australia

BSB : 034 070  ACC : 308 700

Donations over $2 are tax deductible.

The project is being managed and monitored by Global Development Group with Be A HERO Australia.

Together, we can do amazing things, come on HEROES!

                           

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