The fight against human trafficking
The movie “12 years a Slave” shows life as a slave in the South States in the United States in the last century. Although slavery was officially abolished in the United States in 1865, slave trade – today we call human trafficking – is still one of the biggest criminal challenges in the world today. And it also takes place in Denmark in 2018! The ARK will, through an integrated effort, try to save people who are trafficked or at risk of becoming.
We are working in Nigeria, but with a strong connection to an outreach effort in Denmark, where one goal is to help victims return to a life in the communities they come from.
Human trafficking has many faces, such as trade in organs, trafficking in children for forced labor, trafficking of men as cheap labor and trade, primarily with women, for prostitution.
This project focuses on the women who are trafficked in Denmark, Europe and Nigeria. There are many actors in the fight against human trafficking, and the church is one of them. In acknowledging that we are facing an ever-increasing global issue, we must develop strategy, network and act to minimize the number of people who become victims of human trafficking.
Through a coordinated action plan between several actors, primarily Danish and Nigerian politicians, government officials, media people, church and NGO leaders, we focus on three areas of what we call an ARC vision. The vision is based on the understanding that sustainable, long-term efforts must stand on three legs.
First, it is important to support the people who have been victims of human trafficking, from their desperate situation with rehabilitation and integration. Secondly, it is crucial that victims, and potential victims, are trained and equipped with professional and human skills so that they are not an easy target for traffickers ́ attractive offers. Finally, there is a need for basic awareness as well as attitudes in the countries and communities from which human trafficking originates, that implies advocacy and awareness. There is a certain tendency for the communities to turn “a blind eye” and avoid recognizing, what really happens to the young girls sent abroad to work so they can send money back home.