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Our impact on child trafficking

More than 115 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 2012 impact:


survivors of sexual exploitation and abuse received restorative care in Cambodia

Achievements made possible in 2012 with the support of World Vision donors all around the world.


child laborers were enrolled in education like primary school

Achievements made possible in 2012 with U.S. Department of Labor grants to address child labor.


people reached with anti-trafficking messages in Bangladesh

Achievements made possible in 2012 with the support of World Vision donors all around the world.

Outcome Report

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 addresses child protection by working to prevent and respond to all forms of violence against children — including abuse, neglect, and sexual exploitation.

As an organization, we work to address the root causes of poverty and injustice in an integrated, holistic way. World Vision is committed to promoting an environment in which vulnerable children, their families, and communities are educated and empowered to prevent abuse and exploitation, to protect children from immediate danger, and to restore children who have been exposed to abuse, neglect, exploitation, or violence.

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

World Vision works alongside hospitals, schools, and law enforcement agencies to ensure that child protection is a priority by encouraging groups to raise awareness and advocate for child rights and protection.

World Vision focuses on the children who are most vulnerable — those who have been orphaned, who live on the street, and who are not in school. We educate them about what trafficking is, and the techniques that abusers use to lure children. Empowering these vulnerable children to access quality education, while meeting immediate needs such as food and housing, can make all the difference for preventing child exploitation.

+ 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 trafficking is prevalent encourages and informs national advocacy 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. We work 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. 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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Clean Water

The foundation of life, health, and freedom from poverty

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Child Protection

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

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Disaster Relief

Life-saving emergency relief and long-term response

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Economic Development

Financial empowerment for communities

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Equipping children for a future of opportunity

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Food & Agriculture

Building food security; fighting hunger and malnutrition

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Promoting well-being for children, families, and communities

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U.S. Work

Assisting and empowering our American neighbors

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Faith in Action

Following Jesus’ example through our global work

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