e don’t often think that the lack of clean water could expose children to traffickers, but there is a direct line between the lack of water and trafficking. Communities that do not have access to water struggle with illness and are underdeveloped. Traffickers prey on these communities because they are desperate, can be easily tricked and do not have the resources needed to go looking for missing children.
Children in these communities are often:
- Tricked into believing they have a job opportunity in the city that will allow them access to food/clean water. They go with traffickers thinking they will be working and find themselves trapped in a red-light district.
- Stolen while trekking for water. Most girls in these communities must walk 3 miles+ to have access to water (normally dirty water at that). Traffickers study these routes and steal girls while they are away from the safety of their community.
- Sold by a desperate family member or neighbor. Water is a foundational building block to a healthy life. When it is not available or communities experience exploitation by being forced to buy it at increased rates, desperation can lead to children being sold.
Close access to safe, clean drinking water helps secure at-risk children from human traffickers! We believe the best rescue happens before a girl is ever trafficked. Developing communities and giving them access to basic needs, like clean water, directly helps fight the global trafficking criss.
“In communities like this (underdeveloped communities) we find that little girls are the ones who benefit the most from these wells because they no longer have to leave school to fetch water. This keeps them safe from prying traffickers, as well as gives them more time to study.” – Local Care Network partner
To learn more about the impact of water and human trafficking, check out these resources: