Together with our local partners we want to make sure India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines protect the rights of child migrants (including victims of child trafficking). Governments must better apply existing laws or improve the legislation on this subject. For example, this also goes for the procedures and services they use in the process. In any case, they are no longer allowed to discriminate between nationality, background and immigration status of child migrants and local children.
Countries must do the following for child migrants:
Developing and implementing protecting measures (along migrations routes, among other things). They need to screen child migrants the right way (identifying vulnerable children or victims of exploitation/trafficking)
Make sure government agreements for the protection of child migrants (including victims of child trafficking) are implemented.
Developing a national database. The collected data enables countries to better map child trafficking and determine its scope.
Make sure child migrants have a say in the measures that are taken for their protection.
Adopting concrete plans of action for combating child trafficking in national development plans.
Involve civil society in agreements for the protection of child migrants.
The families of children saved from child trafficking should be offered the chance to improve their living conditions, so they do not need to find their happiness elsewhere.
Implementing child-friendly procedures and other reforms of the legal systems that victims saved from child trafficking and other child migrants are faced with.
We help countries doing this with the following strategies:
We want to prevent unsafe migration and child trafficking by telling children and their families about the dangers. By giving families the possibility to build a better future in their home country, the chances of them migrating also become smaller. And if they decide to go, they (and their children) must know which routes pose the fewest risks. This is why we have, among other things, information meetings, create hotlines for child migrants, make sure they and their families can attend training courses and we develop interactive websites and apps, enabling them to communicate with each other and with aid workers through these.
Together with our partners, we help the victims of child trafficking and child migrants that were abused or exploited. Our aid includes providing education, shelter, medical aid, psychosocial support and family reunification.
Promotion and lobby
Together with our partners we lobby with governments, companies and other parties involved. They must take the responsibility to protect child migrants and victims of child trafficking. This is why for instance we organise awareness campaigns for companies that exploit children, consumers, policy makers and the children themselves.
We advocate the prosecution of human traffickers and exploiters. We also support the victims of child trafficking with legal aid. Police and justice staff receive training from us, enabling them to question victims in a child-friendly way. We also stimulate communities to collect and report information on suspected child trafficking or exploitation.