We work to prevent the trafficking of children through strengthening schools in vulnerable areas and conducting anti-trafficking work.
We keep children safe in school. We support schools and encourage children to get an education, because it is a little known fact that by attending school, children are far less likely to be trafficked. Absence from school is likely to be noticed, and education can make a child more sceptical of traffickers. When a child goes missing, teachers know how to report their concerns.
In 2017 we kept 21,987 children safe from traffickers by supporting them to stay in school.
By funding midday meals at a school in Dokotar, we helped boost attendance by 41%. Children in the area had previously been given local homemade alcohol by their parents to keep them going as they had very little food to eat at home. Once the children knew they could eat at school, they were more likely to make the trek to classes and stay there all day, boosting their education and information retention.