From the Front Lines of Yangon
Protecting at-risk kids from trafficking in Myanmar’s largest city
Q: What could be better than rescuing a child from human trafficking or slavery?
A: Preventing them from becoming victims in the first place!
All around the world children live in situations of poverty, neglect, abuse, and without basic education—all prime factors that dramatically increase their risk of becoming trafficked as commodities to satisfy the greed and lust of those who have more power and money.
So in some of the worst places in the world for human trafficking—Cambodia, Thailand, Myanmar, Mexico, Nepal, Laos and the Philippines—we’re helping you protect innocent lives.
In January you sent us to Myanmar, and we’re very excited to now be working in the slums of Yangon, a city of about 4.5 million. Squatting on marshy, flood-prone land across the massive Bago River from the sprawling city’s main shipping port, children are often sold by the day to enter the city for sex or other labor in order to help desperate—and many depraved—families survive.
But you are now doing something about this problem by helping to rent shack-like homes in 8 slum communities to provide a beach-head presence. From each of those footholds, children are invited to eat healthy meals, education (both academic and trafficking prevention), games, basic healthcare, skills training (for teens) and most important of all, they hear the good news of God’s love for them—the transforming power that is vital for changing lives.
This offering of love also touches the hearts of parents, many of whom rent their own children to support their addictions to alcohol or drugs, by beginning the process of transforming communities. It takes time for such eternal impact, but we’re so blessed to have you with us in this battle for the hearts and lives of children!
Serving the Lord with you,
Jeff and Karin Trotter
Directors, Human Trafficking & Slavery Ministry