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Sarah to Direct The Fishermen’s Program to Counter Human Trafficking in Moldova

Posted by worldorphanrelief on April 3, 2011

Sarah Blocher

The Fishermen wishes to announce the initiation of a new program to counter human trafficking in Moldova, Europe’s poorest country.  According to the IOM and HRW, 40% of trafficking victims in Moldova are children.  Our decision to proceed with this important mission is due in part to the special relationship NC shares with the country of Moldova (Partnership for Peace program – http://www.sua.mfa.md/rm-north-carolina-en/).  Sarah will be directing this new initiative and will be working with local and foreign NGOs, as well as the NC state government, to educate Moldovan children of the dangers of the modern slave trade.

To illustrate the significance of the human trafficking problem in Moldova, we have attached the following excerpt from the 2009 U.S. State Department Trafficking in Persons report:

“Moldova is a source, and to a lesser extent, a transit and destination country for women and girls trafficked for the purpose of commercial sexual exploitation and men trafficked for forced labor.  According to an ILO report, Moldova’s national Bureau of Statistics estimated that there were likely over 25,000 Moldovan victims of trafficking for forced labor in 2008.  Moldovan women are trafficked primarily to Turkey, Russia, Cyprus, the UAE, and also to other Middle Eastern and Western European countries.  Men are trafficked to work in the construction, agriculture, and service sectors of Russia and other countries.  There have also been some cases of children trafficked for begging to neighboring countries.  Girls and young women are trafficked within the country from rural areas to Chisinau, and there is evidence that men from neighboring countries are trafficked to Moldova for forced labor.  The small breakaway region of Transnistria in eastern Moldova is outside the central government’s control and remained a source for trafficking in persons.”  

Please congratulate Sarah on her new initiative and please offer her the assistance she requires to help the children of Moldova pursue a safe and prosperous future!  

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