Samira was trafficked in India at the age of just 14.

Child Trafficking: What you need to know 

Child trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery. Children are trafficked for purposes such as domestic labour,armed groups, criminal activity, and even adoption.  

Even if they escape, the physical and emotional trauma has a long-term impact – the fear, abuse and stigma that children can experience may make it difficult for them to reintegrate in society and rebuild their lives. 

The 30 July each year marks the UN World Day Against Trafficking in Persons

Tabassum now helps warn other girls about the dangers of child trafficking.

Human trafficking in statistics 


The UNODC’s Global Report on Trafficking in Persons 2020 reveals:

  • In 2018, around 50,000 human trafficking victims were detected and reported by 148 countries 

  • 50 per cent of detected victims were trafficked for sexual exploitation, 38 per cent were exploited for forced labour 

  • Female victims continue to be the primary targets. Women make up 46% and girls 19% of all victims of trafficking 

  • Globally, one in every three victims detected is a child 

  • The share of children among detected trafficking victims has tripled, while the share of boys has increased five times over the past 15 years

Tabassum is now a member of the Sapna Girl Power group

How can this happen?


It’s hard to understand how it can happen. Humanitarian crises, such as violent conflicts and natural disasters, sometimes result in children being separated from their families, making them easier targets for traffickers. 

In other instances, traffickers will prey on parents’ fears, giving false promises of a brighter future for their children. Parents may hand over their children not just for money, but in the misguided hope that their children will escape poverty and have a better life, with more opportunities. 

Trafficking is lucrative. According to the International Labour Organization, it is the fastest growing and second-largest criminal industry in the world, after drug trafficking. Trafficking in people generates over US$150 billion a year. 

Girl Power Groups educate girls about the dangers of trafficking


World Vision prevention projects  


While the international authorities encourage an end to trafficking, we are working directly with communities to help prevent trafficking, and supporting individuals who have been through it, helping them to rebuild and restore their lives.  

We’re working with children, families, communities and governments to:  

  • Provide safe havens for trafficked children 

  • Give counselling and vocational training to help children recover 

  • Reunite trafficked children with their families 

  • Empower children with knowledge on safe migration practices 

  • Build community awareness 

  • Cooperate with authorities to identify and prosecute traffickers 

  • Strengthen the overall protective environment for children in local communities 

Christian, age 6, holds up clean water in a World Vision cup.

Safer communities: Preventing trafficking through sponsorship 


Last year, half a million people in our sponsorship communities learnt how to access child protection services and information. 

Every day: 

  • 182 children take actions to help end violence against children 

  • 100 children complete life skill training courses and the skills they gain empower them to protect and advocate for themselves and others 

  • Our advocacy work with governments provides additional legal protection for 347,000 children  

Find out more about how child sponsorship protects children against violence.