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The Issue

Young girl in rehabilitation

Each child needs individualized holistic aftercare in order to heal.

While we celebrate each young person that is rescued from child sexual slavery, his or her story is far from over…

Each child needs individualized care in order to heal from trauma and ensure a safe future free from re-involvement in the sex trade.

Quality aftercare is holistic and encompasses:

  • The mental, spiritual, and emotional health of the child (trauma and on-going counseling)
  • Repatriation and reunion of families if appropriate
  • Health care (many children leave trafficking with long-term health consequences like STDs and HIV)
  • Retroactive education (few trafficked children remain in school)
  • Job training in legitimate trades

Partnerships with NGOs

Aftercare for child trafficking survivors requires a close partnership between the Indonesian government and quality NGOs. The goal is always to give youth leaving child sexual slavery the very best chance for a normal, healthy adulthood. The limiting factor in aftercare is a practical one — space for incoming children and quality staff to care for them.

Often lack of finances limits how many staff can be hired which in turn limits the number of children who can be accepted into an aftercare program.