Around the world, children of all ages are being sold, treated as commodities, and told they are only worth as much money as they can make. Today, over 10 million children are victims of modern day slavery, and 152 million children are subject to child labor worldwide. Human trafficking has become the second largest criminal industry in the world, estimating $32 billion-a-year profit. Of all persons trafficked, 4.5 million are sexually exploited. The root cause in most cases is poverty and desperation. We are seeing parents unable to feed their families and lured by "agents" to sell their children in order to survive. (International Labour Organization)
In India, modern day slavery exists through the form of forced child labor, domestic servitude, sexual exploitation, forced begging, and forced marriage. In 2016, the Global Slavery Index reported 18.3 million people in modern slavery in India. According to an Indian government census from 2001, 12.6 million minors between the ages of 5 and 14 who are working in these forced and hazardous ways. But because many children are not officially registered at birth, this number is most likely significantly higher.
International Prevention Programs
Our goal is to create programs surrounding our Rescue Home Partners that result in near self-sustainability and achieve significant trafficking prevention by addressing the causes in each geographic region we work to stop the cycle of child trafficking.
Domestically we also offer:
Freedom Advocates are people of all ages and backgrounds who want to use their unique voices, ideas, time and skills to make a difference. Freedom Advocates give a voice to the voiceless victims of trafficking by representing Forever Found to their communities at resource fairs, businesses, and other strategic events.
We host an annual Benefit Dinner as well as smaller awareness events throughout the year.