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Our vision is to see sex slavery abolished and the broken lives of sex slaves restored through creating awareness, empowering advocacy, and building partnerships for the prevention, rescue, and restoration of trafficked children in Bali.


Prevention

Prevention

Education and awareness are components of protecting children from becoming victims of sex trafficking. Trafficking is a largely unspoken and unknown problem in Bali, and prevention strategies are critical.

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Intervention

Intervention

When children are in exploitative situations, rescue is necessary. This part of combating sex trafficking requires the engagement of local law enforcement and government structures to physically remove children from danger.

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Rehabilitation

Rehabilitation

After rescue, the long road of recovery begins for a child victim of sex trafficking. Quality aftercare is holistic and involves education, trauma counseling, medical care, repatriation, job training and is individualized for each child.

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"All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing." - Edmund Burke

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The Ugly Reality of Human Trafficking in Bali

For many vacationers, the sun-kissed paradise of Bali represents a lush Eden — a heaven on earth. For tens of thousands of children in Indonesia, however, this island has become a living hell. It’s estimated that 40,000-70,000 Indonesian children are victims of prostitution and trafficking, with a large percentage of them enslaved in the sex tourism industry in Bali. According to UNICEF’s End Child Exploitation Campaign, children make up approximately 30 percent of the individuals performing commercial sex work in Indonesia.

Conditions That Create Desperation

While the economy of Bali is booming from tourism, thousands of Indonesians are seeking better education and job opportunities. In Bali, the cost of living continues to rise due to the tourism industry, and locals are suffering from tourism-driven inflation. Poverty and lack of opportunity in less thriving islands ends up putting people in a vulnerable position as they try to look for alternatives to live a better life.

Helping Combat Sex Trafficking

One goal of Dark Bali is to activate tourists to combat the substantial problem of sexual trafficking, particularly child sex trafficking. According to the Indonesian Ministry of Social Affairs, there were 56,000 children being sold for sex throughout all 34 Indonesian provinces in 2016. Furthermore, the Australian Federal Police has noted that Indonesia has “eclipsed Thailand, the Philippines and Malaysia to become the number one destination for Australian sex tourists” most often making Bali their first or only stop in the country. Tourists have the potential to lead a movement for the sake of sexually trafficked children on Bali through their advocacy, support, and ethical tourism.

Current Developments

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Project Updates

Recently, Dark Bali was contacted by the Women's Human Rights Institute of Korea and was invited to submit a paper on prostitution and sex trafficking in Indonesia and in Bali as well as to introduce some of the solutions we have pioneered as an organization. The paper was published online in November of 2018 and can be read here.

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Sex Trafficking as a Capitalist System: Part 2

Part 1 discussed the connection between sex trafficking and neo-liberal capitalism. Because capitalism is inherently amoral, the capitalistic mechanisms of sex trafficking cannot be fought by appealing to moralisms or justice. Rather, capitalistic principles themselves must be used to reduce sex trafficking. “For criminals – whether individual and simply opportunist, or organized and highly coercive […]

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