Hope Project

Community development

The Need

It is estimated that up to 2 million people are trafficked worldwide every year. Human trafficking is a growing problem and is currently estimated to be $32 billion industry.

The single greatest cause of human trafficking is the demand for cheap and readily accessible goods and services such as technology, coffee, chocolate, construction, or sex. The production of cheap commodities requires vulnerable and exploitable people and labour.

8 in 10 human trafficking cases involve the sex industry, with the remaining 20% involving labour trafficking.

The Solution

Hope Project encompasses a range of initiatives that seek to reduce and prevent the trafficking of children and women into sexual exploitation and slavery.

Hope Empowered understands that there is no single solution to an extremely complex issue. Consequently, a range of approaches are employed, including:

  • education and awareness campaigns;
  • community and economic development projects in impoverished and vulnerable communities that focus on capacity building through education, health, infrastructureand sustainable practices; and,
  • rescue and rehabilitation support.

Our current focus is both national in terms of education and awareness campaigns and in South-East Asia on a community development level. This work is funded by the Hope Empowered Foundation and conducted in partnership with local and international agencies.