When Mary was seven years old when she stopped attending school just before final exams. The school principal was worried, so he asked her teacher, Mr. Baraka, to check with Mary’s family.
Mr. Baraka reported that her family did not know where she was. The principal became suspicious and asked Mary's mother to come to the school for a parent-teacher meeting, during which she reported that Mary had returned home, but she did not know where Mary had been.
When Mary returned to school, the principal encouraged her to speak about her experience and Mary admitted that her teacher, Mr. Baraka, had taken her to live with his daughter, who needed someone to care for her baby and had paid Mary’s mother $9 in exchange. Mr. Baraka told Mary she had no choice but to work for his daughter’s family.
Human trafficking and forced labour are heart-numbing realities for the people of Tanzania.
Mr. Baraka is Mary’s teacher. He abused his authority as her teacher to put her in a situation that did not have Mary’s best interests at heart. With your help, we can end violence against women and children in Tanzania.
No great work has ever been completed without help from others.
Human Trafficking is a Global Problem
The UN states that- "Human Trafficking" also called "Trafficking in persons" shall mean the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harbouring or receipt of persons
by means of the threat or use of force or other forms of coercion, of abduction, of fraud, of deception, of the abuse of power or of a position of vulnerability or of the giving or receiving of payments or benefits
to achieve the consent of a person having control over another person, for the purpose of exploitation. Exploitation shall include, at a minimum, the exploitation of the prostitution of others or other forms of sexual exploitation, forced labour or services, slavery or practices similar to slavery, servitude or the removal of organs.
Men, women and children of all ages and from all backgrounds can become victims of this crime, which occurs in every region of the world.
Violence against Women and Children
Violence and abuse are affronts to human dignity. Historically and to this day women and children are especially vulnerable to abuse and being trafficked as the stats show.
"Violence against Children"
Shall mean the intentional use of physical force or power, threatened or actual, against a child, by an individual or group that either result in or has a high likelihood of resulting in actual or potential harm to the child's health, survival, development or dignity.
"Violence against Women"
Shall mean all acts perpetrated against women which cause or could cause them physical, sexual, psychological, and economic harm, including the threat to take such acts; or to undertake the imposition of arbitrary restrictions on or deprivation of fundamental freedoms in private or public life in peacetime and during situations of armed conflicts or of war.