Where We Are

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Project Rescue began in the nation of Southern Asia…

where extreme poverty, lack of education and value for girls and women create the fertile soil for sexual slavery. It is estimated that almost half of the 40 million “modern slaves” in the world are in Southern Asia. The vast majority of prostituted women and children in Southern Asia are trafficked from within the country, or from the remote villages of the surrounding countries of Nepal and Bangladesh.

In 21 years, Project Rescue has established initiatives in 8 cities within these three countries.

The evils of sex trafficking in Eurasia have historically received a great deal of attention and awareness. But today, sexual slavery in Europe is growing at an alarming rate. The ongoing refugee crisis in Europe has created an extremely vulnerable population of women and children targeted by traffickers.

Project Rescue initiatives in four European countries minister to those trafficked from Northern Africa, South and Central America, Eastern Europe, and most recently from the Middle East.

Spain • France • Finland • Belgium • Southern Asia Bangladesh • Nepal • Tajikistan • Moldova

SOUTHERN ASIA

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Ninety percent of Southern Asia’s trafficking problem is internal, and those from the most disadvantaged social strata are most vulnerable.

Southern Asian women and children are generally trafficked to China, Russia, Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan, Philippines, Uganda and the United States.

Experts estimate that millions of women and children are victims of sex trafficking in Southern Asia.

A large number of Nepali, Afghan, and Bangladeshi females – the majority of whom are children aged nine to 14 years old… are subjected to sex trafficking.

Children continue to be subjected to sex trafficking in religious pilgrimage centers and tourist destinations.

Human Trafficking Source Countries:

  • Afghanistan

  • Bangladesh

  • Nepal

1st Western City
Est 1997

  • Aftercare Homes

  • Awareness and Prevention Program

  • Children’s Home

  • Church

  • Income Generation Project

  • Medical Outreach/HIV Clinic

  • Night Care Shelter

  • Non-Formal School

  • Red Light District Outreach

  • Street Boys Shelter

  • Vocational Training

2nd Western City
Est 2001

  • Aftercare Home

  • Income Generation Project

  • Non-Formal School

  • Red Light District Outreach

  • Vocational Training

3rd Western City
Est 2011

  • Awareness and Prevention Program

  • Community Development

  • Day/Night Care Shelter

  • Medical Outreach

  • Non-Formal School

  • Red Light District Outreach

  • Vocational Training


1st Central City
Est 2003

  • Aftercare Homes

  • Awareness and Prevention Program

  • Church

  • Community Development

  • Day/Night Care Shelter

  • Medical Outreach/HIV Clinic

  • Non-Formal School

  • Red Light District Outreach

  • Sunday School

  • Vocational Training

2nd Central City
Est 2009

  • Aftercare Home for Boys

  • Aftercare Home for Girls

  • Awareness and Prevention Program

  • Red Light District Outreach

1st Eastern City
Est 1998

  • Aftercare Homes

  • Awareness and Prevention Program

  • Children’s Home

  • Church

  • Community Development

  • Income Generation Project

  • Night Care Shelter

  • Non-Formal School

  • Red Light District Outreach

  • Vocational Training

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NEPAL

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Established 1998

Nepali women and girls are subjected to sex trafficking in Nepal, particularly in the adult entertainment industry and massage parlors, as well as in Southern Asia, the Middle East, China, Malaysia, Hong Kong, South Korea, and Sweden.

Sex trafficking victims, including children, sometimes are returned to their abusers after being detained in the course of police raids.

Current Initiatives

  • Aftercare Home

  • Awareness and Prevention Program

  • Medical Outreach

  • Red Light District Outreach

  • Street Boys Shelter

  • Vocational Training

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MOLDOVA

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City in Moldova Est 2009

  • Moldova is primarily a source country for women and children subjected to sex trafficking.

  • Moldovan women and children are trafficked into Russia, Turkey, Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, Greece, United Arab Emirates, Kosovo, Kazakhstan, Lebanon, Italy, Spain, Ireland, Poland, Switzerland, Israel, Thailand, Germany, Denmark, Czech Republic and the United States.

  • Women and minors are subjected to sex trafficking in Moldova through brothels, saunas, and massage parlors.

  • Boys were subjected to sex trafficking in Moldova, and girls were subjected to sex trafficking both within the country and transnationally.

  • Traffickers used fraud, debt bondage, and withholding of documents and wages to compel victims into sex trafficking.

  • The Internet is used as a tool for recruitment and exploitation.

Current Initiatives

  • Aftercare Home

  • Vocational Training

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TAJIKISTAN

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Established 2010

Women and children from Tajikistan are subjected to forced prostitution primarily in the UAE and Russia, and also in Saudi Arabia, Kazakhstan, Afghanistan, and within Tajikistan.

Reports indicate an increase in kidnappings and transport of Tajik women and girls to Afghanistan for the purpose of forced marriage.

Women are increasingly vulnerable to trafficking within the country and abroad after they are informally divorced from their absent migrant husbands and then need to provide for their families.

Tajik law enforcement officials often do not differentiate between women in prostitution and sex trafficking victims and do not attempt to identify trafficking victims among women found in prostitution.

Current Initiatives

  • Aftercare Home

  • Awareness and Prevention Program

  • Church

  • Community Development

  • Day/Night Care Shelter

  • Income Generation

  • Non-Formal School

  • Vocational Training

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BANGLADESH

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Established 2011

Women and children from Bangladesh are transported to Southern Asia and Pakistan where they are subjected to commercial sexual exploitation.

The majority of trafficking victims are recruited by agents known to them in their home villages.

In some instances, girls and boys as young as 8-years-old are subjected to forced prostitution within the country, living in slave-like conditions in secluded environments.

Current Initiatives

  • Aftercare Home

  • Awareness and Prevention Program

  • Children’s Home

  • Community Development

  • Medical Outreach

  • Red Light District Outreach

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SPAIN

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In 2010, Spain had the second-highest number of victims of human trafficking in the European Union, after Italy.

Most victims of trafficking for the purpose of sexual exploitation in Spain come from Nigeria, Romania, Ukraine, Russia, Croatia, Bulgaria, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay and China.

Many of the victims do not speak Spanish, are under threat, in debt, and unaware that help is available. They are also undocumented immigrants and are afraid to go to the police.

In 2013, 13% of the trafficking victims in Spain were Nigerian citizens.


1st City in Spain Est 2012

Current Initiatives

  • Red Light District Outreach

2nd City in Spain Est 2012

Current Initiatives

  • Aftercare Home

  • Awareness and Prevention Program

  • Income Generation

  • Medical/HIV Clinic

  • Non-Formal School

  • Prison Outreach to Trafficked Women

  • Vocational Training

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FRANCE

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Established 2014

Students and foreign minors are increasingly vulnerable to sexual exploitation.

It is estimated there are 20,000 people in the commercial sex industry in France, about 90% of them are foreigners.

Human Trafficking Source Countries

  • Brazil

  • Bulgaria

  • China

  • Nigeria

  • Romania

Current Initiatives

  • Red Light District Outreach

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FINLAND

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Established 2017

Exploited women in Finland largely come from Eastern Europe, Southeast Asia and West Africa. However, Finnish women and children are also vulnerable to exploitation.

Sentences for convicted traffickers are typically weak in Finland, resulting in little protection for survivors.

Current Initiatives

  • Aftercare Home

  • Red Light District Outreach

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