human trafficking

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2021-2024. Since January 2023, the activities of this project have been integrated into the Pegase program (4 countries) for 2023-2025.

Protecting child victims of trafficking

While nearly 6 children out of 100 are exploited in Vietnam, and their identification and care are deficient, Planète Enfants & Développement launches a new project to protect child victims of human trafficking and accompany them towards their reintegration.

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The context

The phenomenon of human trafficking, especially of children, is largely underestimated in Vietnam. 

According to the organization Coram International, nearly 1.5 million children are exploited; while Vietnam only recorded 480 child victims of trafficking in 2018 :

  • Local authorities focus on international trafficking, while 92 % of victims remain in the country. 
  • Identifying forced labor is complex because Vietnamese law allows children over the age of 13 to work three hours a week.

Coram International also estimates that fewer than 1 in 10 trafficked children receive support.

A large proportion of victims are excluded from care mechanisms: migrants, children exploited by their families, children between 16 and 18 years of age.

And for fear of being singled out, victims of human trafficking rarely seek help.

Finally, when children are lucky enough to be identified, the support they are offered rarely allows them to recover and reintegrate into their families or society.

How is your donation used?

For every €100 raised by Planète Enfants & Développement, €84.4 goes to our social mission.

Our projects are evaluated by independent firms. And our accounts are audited and certified each year by KPMG.

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The project

From 2023 onwards, Planète Enfants & Développement will be working in Ho Chi Minh City and Phan Thiet to provide support, care and social reintegration for children who are victims or at risk of exploitation and trafficking, as well as raising awareness of this phenomenon among families and training partners.

Since January 2024, activities have been integrated into PEGASEa program designed to strengthen prevention and protection mechanisms against violence, in particular the exploitation and trafficking of children, in 4 South-East Asian countries (Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and also the Philippines, where partner association Asmae Soeur Emmanuelle is responsible for implementing the action plan).

Enhancing partners' child protection skills

After working with our partners to adapt our family support methodology to the problems of internal trafficking and child exploitation, we train social workers and provide them with regular coaching to ensure the follow-up of around 120 families over 3 years.

They are thus equipped to identify - within partner charity schools, hostels and social centers - families with children who are victims or at risk of being trafficked and exploited, and to offer them psycho-social follow-up for 6 to 12 months in order to prevent or put an end to these situations.

Supporting and reintegrating children and young people at risk or victims of violence

A standard operating procedure (SOP) has been drawn up to define all the steps required to identify and support child victims of trafficking and exploitation, from identification to post-integration follow-up. Social workers and partner teams are trained in this procedure. Spaces for exchange and coaching are also created with local authorities and social service providers.

Children identified as victims of trafficking receive individual, multi-disciplinary support tailored to their needs: administrative and legal support, psycho-social care, medical and psychological assistance and individual vocational guidance.
The children in our partner homes and schools take part in collective information sessions on various themes relating to children's rights, as well as in "life and soft skills" workshops to improve their skills for better reintegration.

Social workers also work in coordination with partners and local authorities to identify the families of isolated children and consider their possible reintegration, with a trial period and long-term follow-up.

Promoting children's rights and warning of risks

Throughout the project, we organize workshops with local authorities and service providers (over 180 people) to raise awareness, ensure a common understanding of the phenomenon, clarify everyone's responsibilities and ensure coordinated action.

We also organize around 15 events, including film screenings and debates, to raise families' awareness of the traps used by trafficking networks to convince parents to let their children go, and to inform parents and children of their children's rights.

It is essential not only to enlighten families, but also to tackle the causes of poverty to reduce the risks of migration and exploitation.

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Human trafficking is an extremely lucrative business since a person can be sold several times over a period of years... even though the average person costs only 90 dollars to buy".

Stéphanie Selle, Cambodia Director of Planète Enfants & Développement

Our partners in the field

CSWC: organization that manages a day care center in Phan Thiet for about 100 children and young people between the ages of 6 and 22, who have been or are at risk of being trafficked.

The CTSE (Center for Social Work for Children) which runs a home to support and train 110 youth and street children aged 6 to 16 in the Go Vap district of Ho Chi Minh City.

Lan san and Binh An charity schools in Ho Chi Minh City and Binh Thuan in Phan Thiet for vulnerable children.

Sunrise A non-profit organization that offers artistic workshops (theater, dance, storytelling) to work on sharing emotions.

The Dolisa :

the government agency that oversees child protection throughout Ho Chi Minh City.

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