Children at risk of being trafficked after natural disasters
Anna Childs explains in a CNN report
At least 245 children were saved from child traffickers less than two months after the Nepal earthquakes, according to UNICEF. Those statistics aren’t uncommon after natural disasters, and Anna Childs explains why in an exclusive CNN report.
Parents — in countries where birth registration is often low — are promised better opportunities, income or education for their children by traffickers posing as helpful souls. Childs references one parent’s recollection of sending their son to a Buddhist monastery in India. “We had to lie to police so that my son could leave the village with the Lamas. We are happy, because the Lamas promised to educate my son and send him home after three years.”
Childs notes that education, advocacy and coordinated international action are needed to address the problem.
In the case of the Nepal quakes, Christian Children’s Fund of Canada, with the help of the Canadian government, provided safe child-friendly spaces, including 44 temporary learning spaces in 24 schools and 18 child-centred spaces, all impacting more than 4,800 children who were safeguarded from potential harm.
The aftermath: Hundreds of children were at risk to child traffickers following the 2015 earthquakes