Hagar International recently carried out research into the prevalence of human trafficking in Afghanistan, specifically looking into child trafficking. What they discovered is that child trafficking is extremely prevalent in four key provinces: Herat, Khost, Nangarhar and Paktika, and it overwhelmingly involves boys trafficked for sex, labour, and/or child soldiering.
In 2012, Hagar established the first ever residential care centre with wholistic recovery services, specifically tailored to the needs of boy survivors of trafficking whose unique needs have been generally overlooked by anti-trafficking efforts.
Hagar’s “Forgotten No More boys” recovery programme assists boys towards safe reintegration within their families, and equips them with the knowledge and skills necessary to be confident and active participants in their communities. This is done through residential support, comprehensive recovery services and the involvement of key stakeholders in child protection, such as the Afghanistan International Human Rights Commission, the Child Protection Action Network, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the ministries of Labour and Social Affairs, Interior and Justice.
The recovery programme is doing whatever it takes, for as long as it takes to see the individual lives of male child victims of trafficking restored.
- Pray for victims of child trafficking to find hope and restoration through Hagar and other organisations.
- Pray for the “Forgotten no more boys” programme, for resources, continued access to vulnerable communities and safety as they work in Afghanistan.
- Pray for an end to child and human trafficking and for justice for the victims.
- Pray that these children will know healing, freedom and hope through Jesus.
Psalm 82 vs 3-4: “Give justice to the weak and the orphan; maintain the right of the lowly and the destitute. Rescue the weak and the needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked.