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Child Trafficking

What is child trafficking?

Child trafficking involves the movement and control of a child with the aim of exploiting them. Child trafficking is one of the worst forms of child labour. Child labour is work that deprives children of their childhood, their potential and their dignity.

Child trafficking is one of the worst forms of child labour.

The worst forms of child labour involve children being enslaved, separated from their families, exposed to danger and hazardous work, which by its nature or the way it is carried out, is likely to harm the health, safety or morals of children.

A recent report from the International Labour Organisation and UNICEF points to a significant rise in child labour globally, and an increase of 6.5 million in the number of children in hazardous work – to a total of 79 million children today.

Joblessness, loss of household income and school closures caused by COVID-19 mean that families in poverty are increasingly vulnerable to exploitation.
Children already in child labour may be working longer hours or under worsening conditions, while many more may be forced into the worst forms of child labour due to job and income losses among vulnerable families.

Globally, 160 million children are in child labour. 79 million of those are in hazardous work.

International Labour Organisation, 2021

Where does IJM work?

International Justice Mission has local teams working to stop child trafficking in South Asia, Ghana and the Dominican Republic.

IJM is working to protect children and prevent child trafficking

IJM works to stop worst forms of child labour at source, which include the sale and trafficking of children.

Local teams work with trained police and partners to protect children from trafficking in South Asia, Ghana and the Dominican Republic.

How does IJM help?

IJM works to protect people in poverty from violence by rescuing victims of child trafficking and exploitation, bringing traffickers and criminals to justice, supporting survivors to safety and strength, and helping local law enforcement build a safe future that lasts.

Change is not only possible. It’s happening from the ground up.

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What is the difference between child labour and child trafficking?
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