July 31 is World Day Against Human Trafficking

The reasons for human trafficking vary from country to country, but many agree that poverty is one of the primary causes of human trafficking. Low income, unemployment, hunger, disease, and illiteracy are widespread and rampant in developing nations. As a result, poor and desperate families, unemployed youths, and school dropouts become easy targets to human traffickers.

The International Labor Organization estimates that there are around 50 million victims of human trafficking globally, which have increased since the worldwide pandemic.

Micro-loans can help break the cycle of poverty by creating more options and opportunities available to the poor. Those who improve their businesses and create new businesses and jobs through the help of microfinance institutions such as Mentors International are in turn enabled to support themselves, their children, and extended family members. As a result, the number of poor people, primarily women, young girls, and children, who are potential targets of human trafficking, is reduced. Employment and income opportunities that traffickers use as tools for luring vulnerable people cease to be attractive.

According to Dr. Makonen Getu, Director for Strategic Alliances, Opportunity International, USA, “Microfinance has an inherent ability not only to mitigate human trafficking, but also to treat its victims. It can offer jobs and income opportunities to potential targets and survivors of human trafficking as part of the prevention and rehabilitation processes. Microfinance can make the integration of survivors into society easier by helping them to create jobs for themselves. This helps them not only to integrate quickly but also not to fall back into in the hands of traffickers.”

We know that our programs work and that they offer long-lasting solutions to those who have been trapped in extreme poverty and in slavery. It is through kind and generous donations we are able to provide our programs.

Today on World Day Against Human Trafficking, get involved, take action, make a donation, help us provide our programs and services to even more individuals throughout and the world, and take a stand against human trafficking.

We are also grateful for partners like the Utah State University SEED Program who make it possible for us to help mentor, teach, and empower those who have been trapped in slavery. We look forward to the day where poverty and slavery is just something found in the history books.

United we stand in the fight against human trafficking and the healing process of victims to become thriving survivors. Join us in the effort to help human trafficking survivors discover the joys of self-reliance through entrepreneurship.

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