30% of the detected victims of human trafficking are children

Trafficking in persons is a serious crime and a grave violation of human rights. Every year, thousands of men, women and children fall into the hands of traffickers, in their own countries and abroad. Today on National Human Trafficking Awareness Day, we draw attention to the problems and consequences of human trafficking.

Almost every country in the world is affected by trafficking, whether as a country of origin, transit or destination for victims. 

Human trafficking can take on different forms, as exploitation can be prevalent in so many different sectors and ways. While sexual exploitation and forced labour are the most well-known, there are many others forms such as trafficking for forced marriage, illegal adoption, forced criminality, organ removal, etc. The armed conflicts situation also increase the vulnerability to trafficking, including children being recruited to be part of armed combat. 

Terre de Hommes Netherlands (TdH NL) believes that all children ‘on the move’ - either trafficked, abandoned, or forced to flee – must be given the protection they are entitled to. We use an inclusive approach, focussing on supporting all Children on the Move and fighting all forms of cross-border or domestic child trafficking. TdH NL aims to ensure that the rights of Children on the Move are taken into account, to prevent children from falling victim to trafficking, and to provide adequate support to victims. We seek justice against perpetrators and call upon the responsibility of authorities to strengthen legal frameworks to ensure the protection of Children on the Move. Working with local partners and applying a participatory approach is, for us, a precondition to do this.

> Read more about our approach against child trafficking in one of our example programs here.

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