Worldwide messages of hope for millions of trafficked children
The World Day Against Trafficking in Persons symbol is a heart
Jacob was 13 when he was lured from his Kenyan village by promises of an education and a job as a house boy in the city.
But the men who took him forced to hunt for scrap metal to sell. He ended up begging in the streets of Mombasa and had no way of contacting his family.
Eventually Jacob ran away and started stealing to survive. But The CRADLE (The Children’s Foundation) stepped in to help and reunited him with his family.
He is now 14 and has hope for the future. He is studying hard to get into secondary school and said: “I would like to be a teacher or a policeman who helps people when they are in trouble.”
Jacob – whose story is told on the United Nations Office on Drugs and crime website – is a victim of human trafficking, which affects millions of people around the world. At any given time, an estimated 2.5 million people are trapped in modern-day slavery – and one in three of them are children, deprived of their right to an education.
Today is World Day Against Trafficking In Persons – to raise awareness of the practice and to promote the rights of victims. Here are some of the facts and figures around human trafficking and what people are saying about it on Twitter using the hashtag #igivehope:
— KSCFoundation (@KSCFoundation) July 30, 2015
— Childreach Int (@ChildreachInt) July 30, 2015
— ECPAT International (@ECPAT) July 30, 2015
— WV Asia-Pacific (@WVAsia) July 30, 2015
— ANPPCAN Regional (@RegionalANPPCAN) July 30, 2015
— Say NO – UNiTE (@SayNO_UNiTE) July 30, 2015
— Cindy Lin (@cindywlin) July 30, 2015
— Stuart Burt (@PCSOStuartBurt) July 30, 2015
— Adara Group (@AdaraGroup) July 30, 2015
— DFWAC (@DFWAC) July 30, 2015
— IOM Sudan (@IOMSudan) July 30, 2015
— World Vision USA (@WorldVisionUSA) July 30, 2015
— UN Development (@UNDP) July 30, 2015