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


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 Indonesia, 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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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 many of Indonesia’s children, however, this island has become a living hell. It is estimated that as many as 70,000 – 80,000 Indonesian children are victims of prostitution and trafficking, with a large percentage of them enslaved in sex tourism industries around the country – particularly in Bali, Batam, and Jakarta.

Conditions That Create Desperation

While the economy of Bali is booming from tourism, Indonesians from impoverished areas on less thriving islands are seeking better education and job opportunities. Poverty combined with the demand for sex services in larger cities by foreign sex tourists and local consumers has created a pipeline for adult and child victims of sex trafficking from all over the country. According to the Indonesian Ministry of Social Affairs reports that there were 56,000 children being sold for sex throughout all 34 Indonesian provinces in 2016.

Helping Combat Sex Trafficking

According to the Australian Federal Police, Indonesia has “eclipsed Thailand, the Philippines and Malaysia to become the number one destination for Australian sex tourists.” UNICEF’s End Child Exploitation Campaign estimates that children make up approximately 30 percent of the individuals performing commercial sex work in Indonesia. This enormous injustice cannot be solved by any single organization. Instead, ending child sex slavery in Indonesia requires committed support of local abolitionists across the country and a functioning network of focused activists. We believe that the tourists who comprise so much of Indonesia’s economy have a role to play through their advocacy, support, and ethical tourism.

Current Developments

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Project Updates

This year's Asia Regional Anti-Trafficking Conference has moved to an online platform due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Though it's disappointing to not be able to meet together with colleagues from around the regional in personal, the online platform means that far more organizations will have access to the conference that would have been prohibitively otherwise. Dark Bali is working with conference organizers to provide Indonesian translation so that our community and other abolitionists in Indonesia can participate. We are also offering need-based scholarships for individuals and organizations who would like to join.

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10 Ways to Support Anti-Trafficking

10 Ways You Can Support Anti-Trafficking Without Spending a Dime

There is no doubt that there is much to do about the problem of human trafficking. Global estimates put the number of slaves in the world today at over 40 million. With such a staggering figure, it is critical that regular people come alongside professionals in the anti-trafficking sector. We cannot do it alone. The […]

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