By the I-HEART people
4 Jun 2011

Human Trafficking is an organized criminal industry that affects every nation
. Whilst the statistics can seem overwhelming, it is important to remember that every number represents the life of a victim. The A21 Campaign has recognized a significant need in the region of Europe, and is committed to combating this injustice through rescuing one life at a time.

I-HEART is partnering with A21 to house women who have been rescued from their traffickers. Just $18 provides accommodation for one night in a safe house in Kiev where rescued victims receive treatment and care. Every donation makes a REAL difference to a REAL life. 


A21 reports that the Ukraine is a source country for trafficked women, and is currently one of the largest exporters of women to the international sex industry. The 'exotic beauty' of Ukrainian and Russian women has made them the most valuable commodities in the current international sex trade. Over 420,000 Ukrainian women between the ages of 15 and 27 have been trafficked in the past decade, just less than the 440,000 people in Ukraine with HIV, considered one of the most severe HIV/AIDS epidemics in Europe. One study reveals that one in every 10 Ukrainian persons knows someone in their community who has been trafficked. The majority of Ukrainian women are trafficked to Turkey, Russia, Pol and, and o ther western European nations.

Widespread poverty, lack of employment opportunities (75% of unemployed are women) and discrimination against women has caused a large trend for young women to search for jobs in the EU. Working abroad is most Ukrainian women's dream, and most young Ukrainian girls grow up with no awareness of human trafficking, or the high demand for Ukrainian women in the international sex industry. Thus, the rate of trafficking from the Ukraine continues to rise and the majority of convicted traffickers continue to receive no time in jail in the Ukraine.

But for one rescued life, you can change it all.



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just think as we do our part we will be that much more closer to making this something we just read in a history book...But it will take all of us to our part. So lets pray and not back down, rise up and fight for all truly know how much God loves them.

16 Jun 2011 by Alina Verbois // United States

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