Orphanages - Childrens Homes - Rescue Centres

Child Labor Ring Busted

on Friday, 25 September 2015. Posted in Field Partners, Current News, HERO Shop, Orphanages - Childrens Homes - Rescue Centres, Exploitation, Human Trafficking, Slave Labour & Exploitation


PHNOM PENH (Khmer Times)

Eleven-year-old Sareth was friends with some of the children who lived in the crowded, tiny house in a back alley in Phnom Penh’s Chbar Ampov commune. “They would leave in the afternoon, and come back in the morning,” he said. “They didn’t go to school, they would just sleep all day.”

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Sareth did not realize that the children were the victims of a child labour ring.

His father, Sarath, said he saw the children leave daily around 5 pm on the back of a motorbike, each carrying a platter of sliced mango and other fruit.

The children would work all night selling fruit around the city, before returning to the tiny house in Chbar Ampov around 5am, and start the ordeal again a few hours later. Some residents of the neighbourhood said the children began working at around 10 am.


Twenty-two children, all from a village in Prey Veng province, had been exploited as free labor for almost a year before Khmer Times tipped off anti-trafficking NGO AIM SWAT about them.

Neighbours' claimed they never suspected a child-labour exploitation ring was headquartered next door, though they all said they saw the children leave to work all night.

“[The children] have freedom like other kids. They just helped with the business,” said 28-year-old Chhay Ya.

Early Morning Raid

Police take suspected traffickers from a house in Chbar Ampov commune where 22 children were rescued yesterday morning, following a two-month investigation that began with a tip-off from Khmer Times. Ban Sokrith

At around 9am yesterday morning, a team of police from the government’s anti-human trafficking force and members of AIM SWAT went to the house in Chbar Ampov. They surrounded it and arrested two adults suspected of trafficking.

They brought them and the children to the police station to give depositions. As of 6:30 pm yesterday the children and the suspected traffickers were still being held at the station.


According to Eric Meldrum, a former detective from the UK who is now investigation director at AIM SWAT, the police have not yet decided on the charges.

The raid followed two months of information-gathering by AIM SWAT and the police, after they received photographs, videos and information from Khmer Times.

Editors at Khmer Times decided not to publish a report on the child-trafficking ring because it could put the children in further danger.
beaherochildlabourraidInstead, they approached Mr. Meldrum and requested that he and his organization investigate the case.

Mr. Meldum said the case sets a precedent because it is the first time a child labor ring has been busted in Cambodia. “Usually the kids are out begging or selling with their families,” he explained. “In this case the families had brought them here. (The children) were clearly being exploited. They were living together in a macabre little hothouse and made to work all the time.”

One clue that indicated these children were far more organized than others selling trinkets and food on the streets of Phnom Penh was the packaging of the fruit they sold. The slices were layered on Styrofoam, wrapped in cellophane, and carried on metal trays. The children were also monitored by two young men on motorbikes. One of them was arrested yesterday.

The children started work on the Riverside and in front of Nagaworld, and then shifted to Street 51 at about 11.30 pm, according to vendors interviewed by Khmer Times.

Parental Neglect?

Neighbours' said the only time the children’s parents would visit the alley was to collect their children’s meager salaries. Some neighbours' put the amount at 60,000 riel (about $15) a month, while others said the children were not paid.

Mr. Meldrum said it is unclear to what extent the parents were aware of their children’s work. “Did the parents not realize they were working these kinds of hours?” he asked.

Busting the trafficking ring is only the first step in ensuring the children do not fall back into the hands of traffickers, after they return home. “The children will be reintegrated with their families wherever possible,” said Mr. Meldrum. “Appropriate action will be taken to ensure that this doesn’t happen to them again, and to ensure that the family doesn’t feel the need to make their children work.”

Mr. Meldrum said the bust has made the Phnom Penh police more aware of the risks of children being exploited by trafficking rings as free labour. “This is the first arrest of its kind,” he said, “so it’s a big step forward for child protection.”

The house where the 22 children from a village in Prey Veng were being kept. The children, who sold fruit on the city’s street, ranged in age from seven to early teens. KT/Fabien Mouret
 

Additional reporting by Vincent MacIsaac

http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/16047/child-labor-ring-busted

Current Project - Children's Welfare Mission - Orphanage - Namugongo, Uganda

on Tuesday, 19 June 2012. Posted in Current Projects, Orphanages - Childrens Homes - Rescue Centres, HIV/AIDs & other diseases, War and Conflict, Extreme Poverty, Uganda, Homelessness, Infrastructure, Orphans, Sustainability

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City: Namugongo, Uganda
Project:  Orphanage
Partner:  Children’s Welfare Mission
Number of Children: 250

The Children’s Welfare Mission was established in 1990 by the Dutch organization, Stichting Kinderhulp Afrika. This village cares for 250 resident children, complete with housing, a primary school, a secondary school, and a vocational school. Also in the compound are a medical and dental clinic, and a large meeting hall/gymnasium which are available for use by the surrounding community.

Current Project - Agape Gospel Mission - Childrens Home - Accra, Ghana

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City: Accra, Ghana
Project:  Agape Children's Home
Partner:  Agape Gospel Mission
Number of Children: 90

The Agape Children's Home is a full-service residential facility with the sole purpose of caring for orphans in Africa. The children have lost both parents and have nowhere else to go. Many of these orphans have not been to school, and are sick and malnourished. Most have not had the opportunity to hear the Gospel and have never attended church. All of the orphans are given their own bed, food, medical care, and education at a private school. They are loved and cared for by Christian staff.

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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.

Current Project - Almaz Yehitsanat Masadegia Dirijit Orphanage - Adama, Ethiopia

on Tuesday, 19 June 2012. Posted in Current Projects, Orphanages - Childrens Homes - Rescue Centres, Ethiopia, HIV/AIDs & other diseases, Extreme Poverty, Homelessness, Orphans

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City: Adama, Ethiopia
Project: Orphanage
Partner: Almaz Yehitsanat Masadegia Dirijit
Number of Children: 20

Established in 2004, Almaz Yehitsanat Masadegia Dirijit ("Almaz") is a ministry working with street and orphaned children. It’s objective is to reduce and alleviate the plight of orphans and street children in Nazareth (Adama) and to improve the social development of the community. Run by a local couple, Ashenafi and Almaz Haile, this orphanage provides basic necessities such as food, clothing, shelter, and medical attention, as well as offering vocational training.

Current Project - Anchorage Children's Ministries - Orphanage - Kampala, Uganda

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City: Kampala, Uganda
Project:  Orphanage
Partner: Anchorage Children's Ministries
Number of Children: 20

Founded in 2004, Anchorage Children Ministry ("ACM") began as an orphanage and outreach program to help orphans and street children. Currently, ACM provides basic necessities for the children in their care. These needs include food and shelter, education, vocational training, and psychological services. ACM helps to instill self esteem, confidence, and responsibility, and will help the children not only to achieve individual goals, but it will also better the community. ACM offers the children stability and love that is conducive to a normal childhood and a productive adulthood.

Current Project - Ark Children's Home - Orphanage - Riobamba, Ecuador

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City: Riobamba, Equador
Project: Orphanage
Partner: ARK Children's Homes
Number of Children: 48 children living at the Home; support of an additional 300 not living on premises

In 1996, ARK was founded when the Allan family went to Riobamba from Kelowna, BC to help the children of Ecuador. They have grown tremendously and now have an orphanage on land that they own, their own school, as well as a baby house. They have seen over 300 children come through their doors, and they continue to support these children as if they were a part of their family.

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Current Project - Bethlehem Children's Home - Nairobi, Kenya

on Tuesday, 19 June 2012. Posted in Current Projects, Orphanages - Childrens Homes - Rescue Centres, Schools - Education, Sponsor A Child, Homelessness, Infrastructure, Orphans, Kenya

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City: Nairobi, Kenya
Project:  Orphanage
Partner: Bethlehem Children's Home
Number of Children: 80

The Bethlehem Community Centre (BCC) was established in 1990.  Soweto is mainly inhabited by people displaced from other slum areas of Nairobi.

The main focus of Bethlehem Centre is to provide care for destitute children, the majority of whom are orphans as a result of HIV/AIDS or conflict. The children’s home provides 100 orphans with care, medical attention, an education, and training. Bethlehem Community Centre supplies primary schooling to 210 children, including both the resident children, and children from the surrounding community.

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Current Project - Children Rescued in Burundi - Bujumbura, Burundi

on Tuesday, 19 June 2012. Posted in Current Projects, Burundi, Orphanages - Childrens Homes - Rescue Centres, Sponsor A Child, Extreme Poverty, Homelessness, Orphans, War and Conflict

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City: Bujumbura, Burundi
Project: Orphanage
Partner: Children Rescued in Burundi (C.R.I.B.)
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Current Project - Doves - Orphanage - Freetown, Sierra Leone

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City: Freetown, Sierra Leone
Project: Doves Village of Hope Orphanage
Partner:  Doves
Number of Children: 66

This children's village is near the village of Regent on the outskirts of Freetown. We currently have one home with 20 children and run a private school for them. The home has both full-time and part-time Sierra Leone and Canadian staff. Two hundred miles upcountry we also care for 46 children who remain in foster homes. The children have food, clothing, medicine, education, and all their practical needs provided for them. The goal is to provide them with a warm, loving home and family so that they become well-educated, well-adjusted young adults who can further their education and eventually become an asset to their own country by using their skills and training to bring better living conditions for their own people.

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City: Ndola, Zambia
Project: Transit Centre, Education Centre, ACTS Initiative
Partner: Eagles Wings

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Current Project - Ebenezer Community Aid - Orphanage - Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

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City: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Project: Orphanage
Partner: Ebenezer Community Aid Organization
Number of Children: 50 currently supported; 150 waiting to receive support

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Current Project - Garden of Blessing - Orphanage - Mae Sai, Thailand

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City: Mae Sai, Thailand
Project:  Orphanage
Partner: Garden of Blessing
Number of Children: 20

This is an eight-acre property that contains Bible translation and literacy work, discipleship and student training, an orphanage, and several residences. The children currently in the orphanage all come from the same village on the Thai/Burma border. This is a village of Wa and Chinese soldiers.

Current Project - Garden of Blessing - Orphanage - Tachilik, Myanmar

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City: Tachilik, Myanmar
Project: Orphanage
Partner: Garden of Blessing
Number of Children: 20

The Tachilik orphanage was open to service the Wa resettlement region. In 2001 and 2002, over 150,000 (and possibly up to 250,000) Wa people were forced to move from their northern home along the Saween River region to the border of China within the Northern Shan State area to the lower regions along the Thai/Burma border. There has been much sickness, poverty, and fighting in this region, and there are many orphans.

Current Project - Grants for Grandparents - Ndola, Zambia

on Wednesday, 20 March 2013. Posted in Current Projects, Orphanages - Childrens Homes - Rescue Centres, HIV/AIDs & other diseases, Extreme Poverty, Orphans, Sustainability, Zambia

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Project:  Grants for Grandparents

Grants for Grandparents has been established to assist grandparents who are the full time carers of at least one grandchild.

Grants for Grandparents' primary focus is the small African nation of Zambia, where life expectancy is just 49 years of age.

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