Best Practices for Preventing Human Trafficking
Human trafficking is defined as the recruitment, transport, transfer, harboring, and receiving of people, typically by force or coercion, for the purpose of exploitation. Trafficking can take many forms. One of ODW’s partners, Next Generation Nepal (NGN), stops trafficking before it starts by raising awareness about the manipulative tactics used by traffickers. Today, we’re learning from NGN Program Director, Rupa Sitaula, about recommended practices for educating rural communities about trafficking:
Despite the efforts of the Nepal government and non-governmental organizations to combat trafficking within the country, various forms of human trafficking still exist. Orphanage trafficking, being one, is a form of trafficking in which children are removed from their families, often under false promises, and transferred or recruited into orphanage care where they often face various forms of exploitation for profit. Therefore, educating communities about human trafficking is essential.
Proven methods used by Next Generation Nepal to educate communities on trafficking:
Community Awareness through Street Dramas:
Street drama performances, one of the most effective methods, paint a visual story for people, and create a lasting impact on communities. Our team of skilled actors, led by the field officer, travel to remote villages to educate vulnerable communities on trafficking dangers. Street drama scripts are designed to engage and entertain audiences while highlighting the dangers of trafficking and emphasizing the importance of family-based care. Street dramas also give them an opportunity to share their opinions about trafficking within their community.
Radio Jingles for Mass Outreach:
To reach remote areas where access to other forms of media is limited, NGN collaborates with local radio stations to create jingles that convey messages on raising awareness, preventing child trafficking, and promoting family-based care.
Sensitization Meetings with Child Clubs and Women Groups:
NGN acknowledges that empowering children is vital to preventing trafficking. In addition, NGN believes that women play a major role in safeguarding their families and communities from trafficking. Therefore, through these meetings, NGN encourages children to report suspicious cases to the police and local child helplines, educates them on trafficking dangers, and helps them understand their rights. Also, they educate women about the warning signs of trafficking, current legal provisions, and the importance of reporting suspicious activities.
Sensitization Meetings with School Management committee and teachers:
School management committees and teachers can prevent and stop trafficking cases in various ways, including monitoring absenteeism. NGN works closely with teachers and school management to identify children at risk and address potential trafficking situations. Also, NGN works to integrate anti-trafficking messages into curriculum and activities.
Interaction Meetings with Local Government Representatives:
NGN conducts meetings with local governments, leaders, and activists to address issues of trafficking and encourage active participation as they have vital roles in their respective communities. NGN also collaborates with local government representatives to advocate for policy reforms and resource allocation towards anti-trafficking efforts.
Sensitization Meetings with Transportation Management Committees:
Transportation systems often unknowingly support trafficking because children are trafficked from one place to another using various forms of public transportation. NGN collaborates with transportation management committees, drivers, and conductors on trafficking indicators and prevention strategies. Through these meetings and training sessions, transportation personnel are trained in identifying and reporting cases of human trafficking.
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