The outreach program conducted at Fountain of Life is an anti-trafficking initiative operating between 3 main groups: Networking with vulnerable groups in Thailand The Villages in Sihanoukville The women in the bars in Sihanoukville
In Cambodia, Sister Michelle Lopez coordinates a multi-faceted response to women and children. Staff are given daily and extensive training to conduct the following programmes and services, both within the Fountain of Life Center and beyond.
1. Networking with Fountain of Life, Pattaya Thailand
Two staff members will be involved, working in Cambodia in the prison, in the bars and in the villages. They will pay special attention to children and young adults who have left or who are planning to leave Cambodia to find employment in Thailand and neighbouring countries. Every three months they will travel to Thailand and work with NGOs in Chonburi – Thailand who are involved in this area. They will visit Cambodian families and places where Cambodian children and young adults are working or are kept in Thailand,
2. Working in the Villages
Teaching children and young adults Khmer – English – Hygiene (health education). Providing information to individuals and families about trafficking and its different and complicated methods of recruitment. Pre-departure workshops for people who are planning to leave the country.
3. Empowering the women and teenage girls who work in the bars
* Information on trafficking for forced labour – sexual exploitation – domestic work
* Pre-departure information
* Language skills – English and Khmer
* Counseling services and health education
* Information regarding – marriage with foreigners – smuggling of people.
Information offered at the Center
Providing information to vulnerable groups on:
- Legal and illegal migration
- Forced Labour
Pre-departure workshops - fake passports and real passports
Poverty: This is a great challenge faced by the women and teenage girls Therefore they can easily become victims of trafficking.
Unemployment: Young people have no work. They are frustrated at being idle for long periods. They are often under pressure to find work quickly which makes them vulnerable to accepting dangerous job offers. They do not critically assess the job advertisements or recruiting firms.
Afraid to contact local authorities: When it involves border crossing victims seek the help of traffickers who provide them with false documents – they are afraid of the local authorities.
Pressure from the Families: Families and relatives vigorously collect enough money so that their daughter or their relative can go abroad and find employment.
Pressurized to appear successful: Returned survivors who were trafficked refuse to acknowledge that they are victims of trafficking and despite all the hardships they encountered they are prepared to go again and again until they can bring home money.
Stop Migration – has not worked: Curbing their mobility would put them into a more exploitative situation.
Workshop at Don Bosco Training Center
Workshop on SAFETY
14th February 2015 our staff were invited to give a workshop on SAFTEY at the Don Bosco Vocational Training College.
* Pre-departure information
* Trafficking in Persons
* Abortions and safe sex – Family Planning – New Concepts of Family
* Gender Equality
200 students attended the workshop. The Don Bosco staff would like our staff to do this every year.
Reasons for our approach
- Complexity of Trafficking
- Traffickers only want to exploit labour and they are not concerned whether the victim is an Illegal migrant or a trafficked person or a smuggled person
- Our primary aims
- Prevent forced labor
- Provide information to vulnerable groups
- Form networks that can be useful to vulnerable groups
Make Migration Safe has now become the focus for all our interventions because we know the women will go abroad.
The number of people attending for the trafficking and safe migration = 120