Every year in Vietnam, thousands of people are torn from their homes, sold into slavery, married off to faraway countries or deceived about foreign job opportunities. The internet is playing an increasing role to lure unsuspecting people into destructive relationships. For those survivors of trauma fortunate enough to escape slavery and abuse, their suffering is often buried in the silence of shame and guilt. All genders and age groups, people from all walks of life, are at risk. Hope Unending’s focus is to STOP human trafficking before it begins.
Human trafficking and related social ills are hard areas to reach and assist. The Walk Free Foundation’s Global Slavery Index estimated between 2012 and 2016, over 400,000 Vietnamese people were subject to modern slavery.* In a 2018 report by the Vietnamese National Committee on Crime Prevention and Control, it was found that from 2012-2017 law enforcement agencies rescued and received about 7,500 trafficked victims where over 90% were women and 80% were ethnic minorities. 98% of these victims had been trafficked internationally.**
Human trafficking and other social abuses are considered shameful in all areas of society in Asia. Unimaginable numbers of people endure their “fate” and do not report or seek assistance. Along with prevention and awareness to curtail the cases and find supportive measures for those already impacted, Hope Unending works to reduce the stigma of abuse and exploitation so more accurate information can be secured and shared.