At MCS, we volunteer and support anti-trafficking efforts in our community. We work with a local religious community or congregation to help stop trafficking by supporting a victim service provider or spreading awareness of human trafficking.
For decades, countries in Africa have been marked with the issue of child trafficking. In the past few years, this problem has been increasing. In a 2014 Global Report by the UN, child trafficking has increased by 5 percent from 2007-2010. Governments in Rwanda, South Africa, and Ethiopia have all reported a discernible rise in child trafficking cases
Most child trafficking victims come from poor neighborhoods and have little to no education. Kidnapped or lured by the prospects of a job, these children are forced to work as domestic laborers, sex slaves, and miners. Their captors subject them to a violent environment, and they do not provide sufficient amounts of food and water.
Despite positive developments to end human trafficking, the problem is nowhere near over. Millions of children in Africa are still trapped in this modern-day slave trade. Besides laws and legal forces working to stop the situation, advancements made in education can help prevent children from being deceived into coerced labor. Education will paint a picture of a brighter future and engage children’s minds, making the alternative of work at such a young age undesirable.
Here at Make a Child Smile, we are always providing means for children to pursue a better education through provisions of books, supplies, and scholarships. With aid from contributors and donations, we can continue to foster growth and combat trafficking in Africa