Safe Haven for Trafficked Women
Human Dev Index:#114 (Aus #5)
This project will support the running costs of a safe house for young women (including under-aged workers) coming out of trafficking situations. The project will support 15 women through a six-month rehabilitation program. This includes health checks, counselling, skills development and where possible reunification and restoration within families. An important part of the program is helping families to accept their daughter without judging or shaming her, and restoring the family unit.
Why support this
The program works holistically and intensively with young women to not only rescue them from prostitution and trafficking, but to provide them with healing and a new life. Our partners are local Indonesians who have seen the need and responded. They know the culture well and know how to work within families, an important part of Balinese culture. We also appreciate that the program is tailored for each woman. If at the end of six months she is still requiring support, she can continue to stay at the safe house for another six months.
Funds will be used towards the costs of putting 15 women through a six-month rehabilitation course, including counselling, health appointments and skills development.
- Bali is one of the more prosperous islands in Indonesia, but tourism has increased the vulnerability of the poor to trafficking.
- Demand for commercial sex workers is increasing, and unfortunately there is also an increase in the rise of child sex tourism.
- Official response to trafficking is currently very limited.
- While other NGOs work in this space, there is no other safe house in Bali where women can be restored, and provided with employment skills after leaving a life of prostitution.
Expected Life Change
- Young women are restored out of prostitution, and given means of earning an income with dignity
- Families are reunited and restored
- Villages are taught about trafficking and how to avoid it, through working with families of trafficking victims