Human trafficking is the illegal movement of people, typically for the purposes of forced labour or commercial sexual exploitation.
There are 20.9 million estimated slaves worldwide – that´s three out of every 1000 people! $150 billion is made each year from forced labour – that´s over 4750 a second.
From six offices across three continents, Hope for Justice is fighting against human trafficking. They have rescued hundreds of people, including babies younger than one year old and adults up to the age of 63.In Babel Guesthouse we have had many years of Norwegian Tourism students living here with us for long periods of time. They learn about Responsible Tourism, and they help us spread the word about back sides of tourism – for example the term “orphan tourism”. Learn more here – Against Orphanage Tourism.
It´s always very exiting to have the students staying here, they all get very passionate about their studies. Two students ended up writing their Bachelor degree about Orphanage tourism, another made a radio program back in Norway addressing the issue. One student even arranged a whole debate in Bergen for hundreds of people, inviting companies who send volunteers as young as 18 years old with no skills to work with the most traumatized people in the world.
Now we are very proud to announce that Jan-Kenneth Polle, one of the first Norwegian Tourism students here in Babel, joined the Hope challenge where you to dedicate one day for Hope for Justice and help fundraise for one year of investigation and human trafficking rescue.
You set your own goal, a top or a mountain, and then you ride your bike up and down a hill as many times it will take to reach the top (in metres). Jan-Kenneths goal was “gammelvetten” – 1259 metres. Here he is with his Cambodian wife and child – preparing for the challenge: And here he is after he DID the challenge: We are so happy and proud, and of course we had to donate money to this wonderful project. If YOU want to donate – simply click here!
Hope for Justice in Cambodia
Since 2006, Hope for Justice has been developing five innovative programs that assist survivors of sex trafficking in Cambodia. These include an assessment center for female survivors (all ages) and a 4-part restorative care program for female survivors under 18.
More information about their programs in Cambodia here!