Close the door on Sex Trafficking and Child Labour: North-East India
Noha was sold for 50 cents per day
At just ten years of age Noha* was forced to drop out of school because her family were unable to pay her fees. She had to work and contribute money to the household.
A wealthy family from a city in North Bengal sent a scout to look for a domestic cleaner, and at the promise of good pay and treatment, together with shelther and sufficient food. Noha accepted the job, filed with a sense of responsibility to earn good money for her family.
Tragically, Noha became a victim of human trafficking. For two years she was rarely able to make contact with her parents. She toiled seven days a week, from the crack of dawn until late at night. Her body gradually grew weaker each day as she was made to wash heavy clothes and linen by hand.
The day she refused a task, Noha was beaten beyond recognition, and after hospitalisation, she was sent home with little more than the clothes on her back.
The CNI Anti-Trafficking program provided counselling and support for Noha and her family, for which she is so grateful. With your generous support, the program will help vulnerable children like Noha develop income streams through vocational training and effective livelihood initiatives.
*Noha’s name has been changed to protect her identity
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The CNI Anti-Trafficking Program
The CNI are working with local communities to combat this human rights abuse by:
- Rescuing trafficked victims
- Providing rehabilitation services for survivors, enabling them to integrate back into the community
- Raising awareness in local communities to prevent trafficking
- Running counselling centres to care for survivors
- Opening a vocational training centre where trafficked girls or girls who are vulnerable can learn new skills and develop new sources of income
UnitingWorld works closely with the CNI as they pursue their core priorities of solidarity with marginalised people, breaking down barriers of caste, class, gender and economic inequality, and preventing exploitation of the environment.
Additional resources to engage your group or community
On the resources page for this appeal you can find additional resources to engage your congregation and faith community on the issues of sex trafficking and child labour, and how UnitingWorld and the Church of North India are working together to address thess horrific crimes.
Resources include a Powerpoint presentation, video clips from our partners at the Church of North India and an images gallery.
How you can help
Your donation to this appeal will help to stop sex trafficking and child labour in North-East India and give hope to children like Noha who fall victim to human trafficking every day.
$40 will enable a child to receive vital care in a rehabilitation centre for one month
$150 will cover the weekly operating costs for an emergency call centre providing legal advice and services to trafficked children
$500 will support livelihood initiatives in livestock, agriculture and small business through CNI church networks among vulnerable communities
How to donate
- Donate by phone by calling us on 1800 000 331
- Download and print a donation form, then return by post to:
UnitingWorld – Church Solidarity
Reply Paid A2266
Sydney South NSW 1235
Please make cheques or money orders payable to UnitingWorld.
Thank you for your support!
Please note that gifts to to this appeal are not tax-deductible.
Should the funds raised exceed the amount required to meet the needs of these projects, UnitingWorld will use the excess funds to support the Church of North India in other ways.