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Our impact on child trafficking

More than 85 million children worldwide are subjected to the worst forms of child labor, including trafficking for commercial sex exploitation and hazardous physical labor. We work to prevent the exploitation of children, protect the most vulnerable, and bring healing to children who have been exploited. The following accomplishments represent some of our 2013 impact:


vulnerable children and survivors of abuse, exploitation, and violence received critical support such as counseling, shelter, or help reintegrating into family and community life

Achievement made possible in 2013 thanks to World Vision U.S. donors.


people equipped to recognize, report, and respond to abuse, exploitation, and violence against children

Achievement made possible in 2013 with U.S. Department of Labor grants to address child labor.


children and adults informed about how to avoid exploitation and abuse and how to keep children from harm

Achievement made possible in 2013 thanks to World Vision U.S. donors.

Evaluations and Evidence

World Vision is currently implementing the Ethiopians Fighting Against Child Exploitation (E-FACE) project, funded by the United States Department of Labor (USDOL), to provide support to the country in addressing child labor. The primary focus centers on education aimed at sustainably reducing the number of children aged 5-17 years old engaged in and at risk of child labor in the weaving, agricultural, and other sectors in the target areas.

E-FACE’s external mid-term evaluation in December 2013 found that one of the project’s strongest areas is its coordination with government and community structures. The project contributed to the adoption of the National Action Plan to Eliminate the Worst Forms of Child Labor. In addition, the education initiatives are very effective with reported substantial increases in attendance, including children who are not direct beneficiaries of the project, but whose families have enrolled them due to the improved education conditions.

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In the Eastern European country of Georgia, World Vision raises awareness and understanding of the issues affecting children living and working on the streets. World Vision helps those children return to their families and society by providing access to formal and informal education opportunities. By the end of the two-year project, the number of families sending their children to work on the streets decreased by 20 percent.

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Our Approach

+ What does child protection mean?

World Vision defines child protection as all efforts to prevent and respond to abuse, neglect, exploitation, and other forms of violence against children — especially the most vulnerable.

World Vision seeks to create a protective environment around children, such that they not only survive but thrive in their communities. World Vision’s programs strive to ensure that physical, emotional, psychological, and spiritual needs of the most vulnerable children are met within caring and protective families and communities — focusing on activities that prevent them from falling into crisis or harmful situations; protect those who are in immediate danger through responsive care and improved capacity of service providers to respond; and restore child survivors of abuse, exploitation, or violence through appropriate community-based care.

+ How do you prevent crimes like child slavery and child sex trafficking?

World Vision works in partnership with local hospitals, schools, community leaders, faith communities, and law enforcement agencies to ensure that child protection is a priority. We encourage community stakeholders to raise awareness and advocate for child rights and protection, to speak out against harmful attitudes and practices, and to identify and respond to abuse and exploitation when they encounter it.

World Vision focuses on the most vulnerable — children separated from family care, who live or work on the street, who are affected by disaster or conflict, who are not in school — and provides targeted education for these children on what trafficking is and recruitment techniques that traffickers use. By providing vulnerable children with access to quality education and supporting families to meet children’s immediate needs, such as food and housing, we are making a significant contribution toward preventing child slavery and trafficking.

+ How do you actively protect children in need?

World Vision protects children by looking out for their well-being: ensuring that communities are actively working to identify and support children in need; advocating for children’s rights; and providing for immediate needs, such as emergency shelter and essential care.

Advocating for the rights of children is an important part of our work, both in the communities where we work, and on a national level here in the United States to influence legislation that protects vulnerable children. Our work with the most vulnerable in communities where child abuse and exploitation are prevalent informs national advocacy both at home and abroad to improve upon systems for child protection.

+ What do you do to help children recover from abuse or exploitation?

Children who have been abused or exploited need time and care in order to recover. World Vision works to restore and reunite children with their families and communities when possible and appropriate. But we start by helping children who’ve been exploited to heal through medical, legal, and psychosocial services, providing life and livelihood skills and education opportunities. Often, this means providing a safe place for children to go while offering counseling and recovery activities.

Our Areas of Impact

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Child Protection

Preventing child trafficking, child labor, exploitation, abuse, and neglect

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