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Human Trafficking

Today, approximately 40.3 million people are being held in some form of slavery around the world!

Every 30 SECONDS someone becomes a victim of human trafficking!
The average age of SEX TRAFFICKING victims in the United States  is
12-14 years old!

Human trafficking is the fastest growing
illegal enterprise,
and is the
2nd LARGEST 
criminal industry in the world generating over$152 billion annually!

2 million children are trafficked globally in the Sex Trade.  Nearly 300,000 of these children are in the USA!

What is Human Trafficking?
Human trafficking is defined by the US Department of State as "the act of recruiting, harboring, transporting, providing, or obtaining a person for compelled labor or commercial sex acts through the use of force, fraud, or coercion. Human trafficking can include, but does not require, movement. People may be considered trafficking victims regardless of whether they were born into a state of servitude, were exploited in their hometown, were transported to the exploitative situation, previously consented to work for a trafficker, or participated in a crime as a direct result of being subjected to trafficking.  At the heart of this phenomenon is the trafficker's goal of exploiting and enslaving their victims and the myriad coercive and deceptive practices." 
*United States Department of State, Trafficking in Persons Report 2015
Sex Trafficking
When an adult engages in a commercial sex act, such as prostituion, as the result of force, threats of force, fraud or coercion, or any combination of such means, that person is a victim of trafficking.*

Under such circumstances, perpetrators involved in maintaining, patronizing, or soliciting a person for that purpose are guilty of the sex trafficking of an adult.**

Sex trafficking may also occur within debt bondage, as individuals are forced to continue in prostitution through the use of unlawful "debt," purportedly incurred through their transportation, recruitment, or even their crude "sale" - which exploiters insist they must pay off before they can be free. 

An adult's consent to participate in prostitution is not legally determinative:  if one is thereafter held in service through psychological manipulation or physical force, he or she is a trafficking victim and should receive benefits outlined in applicable domestic laws. *

*United States Department of State, Trafficking in Persons Report 2015
**The Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act
Child Sex Trafficking & Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children
When a child (under the age of 18) is recruited, enticed, harbored, transported, provided, obtained, or maintained to perform a commercial sex act, proving Force, Fraud or Coercion is not necessary for the offense to be characterized as human trafficking.*

To put it simply, it is the use of Force, Fraud or Coercion to EXPLOIT victims for financial gain.

There are no exceptions to this rule:  no cultural or socioeconomic rationalizations alter the fact that children who are prostituted are trafficking victims.  The use of children in the commercial sex trade is prohibited under US law and by statute in most countries around the world. 

Sex trafficking has devastating consequences for children, including long-lasting physical and psychological trauma, disease (including HIV/AIDS), drug addiction, unwanted pregnancy, malnutrition, social ostracism, and even death. *

*United States Department of State, Trafficking in Persons Report 2015
What we're doing about it:
In a recent effort to "sharpen" our ministry focus, we have decided as an organization that the projects that we take on from this point forward must impact the war against modern day slavery and human trafficking.

We see GCI's involvement in this war using three main battle strategies:

     *  Prevention/Awareness
     *  Victim/Survivor Care
     *  Staff Encouragement/Respite

Global Connection has always been an organization focused on 'connecting people' with specific projects or causes they care deeply and are passionate about!  We don't run safe houses, orpahanages, schools or medical clinics - and we never have, but...we help provide the resources to build them, and the tools necessary for indigenous leaders to manage and grow them.

This strength is only going to enhance our ability to help engage in this huge war against trafficking.

"You may choose to look the other way, but you
can never say again that you did not know."
- William Wilberforce
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Our Ministry Partners


We partner with organizations who we believe are the very best at what they do! 
We are thrilled to be working on projects with these organizations in 2017.

Check back often to see new projects and details as they are finalized!
Challenging Heights is a non-profit, non-governmental organisation in Ghana that works to protect children’s rights and end child trafficking. Founded by James Kofi Annan in 2005, their main efforts focus on addressing trafficking of children to Lake Volta, where they are forced to work in the fishing industry. They work in underserved coastal communities in Ghana, providing support to women and children in hard-to-reach areas that are at risk of child trafficking.

We are partnering to provide Business Training & Mentorship programs to help develop long-term, sustainable income for victims and their families - as well as women in  their communities - to help prevent the need for them so sell their children  in order to feed their families.  These programs also provide micro-loans for those who want to build businesses of their own.


Challenging Heights​​
Ghana

Agape International Missions is a two-year residential program that provides care, shelter, education and training for women and girls who have been or who are at risk of being sexually exploited.  

Prostitution, sex slavery and related abuse flourish in the nation of Cambodia due to corruption and limited law enforcement at all levels.  

The incredible demand for prostitutes leads to large scale human trafficking.  Sexl trafficking strips of a victim of all personal value, integrity, dignity and basic human rights.

Sometimes women even feel forced into prostitution by physical, social or economic hardships.  Out of desperation they may turn to prostitution thinking it is their only option for survival.


Agape International Missions
(AIM)
Cambodia