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Combating Human Trafficking in Southeast Asia
 
 

What we do

Paladin Rescue Alliance was established in 2016 with offices in Littleton, Colorado--USA and Chiang Mai, Thailand. Paladin works across three pillars of Prevention, Rescue, and Aftercare to effectively combat human trafficking in Thailand and Myanmar.

 
 

Prevention

  • Educational Scholarships: Paladin mitigates the risk of children being trafficked into the sex and labor industries by providing scholarships to keep them in school through high school graduation.
  • Life Development Skills: Paladin works with partner schools to teach children swimming, water safety/survival skills, and English language proficiency.
  • Supply Distribution: Paladin provides educational, medical, and food supplies to schools and villages to meet life development needs.
Rescue
  • Alliances: Paladin works with both government and non-government organizations to identify victims of sexual exploitation and forced labor.
  • Training: Paladin employees participate in training exercises with government organizations to improve operational effectiveness.
  • Operations: Paladin employees design and implement rescue operations in collaboration with law enforcement to bring freedom, hope, and a future to trafficking victims.
Aftercare
  • Employment: Paladin has several business enterprises designed to provide sustainable employment to rescued trafficking victims.
  • Counseling: Paladin has partnerships with Christian counseling services to provide psychological and emotional counseling, as well as, career assessments to help individuals achieve their dreams.
  • Education: Paladin provides tuition assistance for college education for both at-risk and rescued trafficking victims.


Focus Areas

Thailand
Thailand is a major source, transit hub, and destination country for human trafficking into the sex industry.  Non-citizens including migrants and ethnic minorities are most at risk of being trafficked as travel documents, work permits, and registration cards are withheld to gain compliance.

Often children and young women from rural areas are forced to move to larger cities like Pattya, Bangkok, and Chiang Mai to find work in karaoke bars and massage parlors which are fronts for brothels.  Abuse, torture, and violence are used to gain compliance and victims are many times burdened with high debts preventing them from leaving the sex industry. Additionally, victims are brought across the border from Burma and Laos and forced to work in brothels.

Poverty, lack of education, and non-citizenship are the primary risk factors for victims of human trafficking.

Source: for additional information on Human Trafficking in Thailand, please click on the following link,
http://www.humantrafficking.org/countries/thailand

Myanmar/Burma
Myanmar/Burma is a source and transit country for human trafficking.

Men, women, and children throughout Burma are trafficked for both sexual and labor exploitation within the country's borders and to surrounding countries including China, Thailand, Malaysia, South Korea, and Macau. Young girls are being trafficked into the sex industry in bordering countries. It's estimated that several thousand girls are being trafficked into the sex industry each year.

Burma is a transit country with victims being transported through Burma on their way to other countries including Malaysia and Thailand. Women and children are commonly trafficked from rural areas to border areas with trucking routes, mining areas, military bases, and fishing villages for forced labor and sexual exploitation.

The causes of trafficking include ethnic persecution, economic factors, human rights abuses, and the acceptable practice of forced labor of children. Lack of job opportunities, as well as, travel restrictions on women contribute to these causes as trafficker's promises of jobs and opportunity in neighboring countries lures residents into exploitative situations.

Source: for additional information on Human Trafficking in Burma/Myanmar, please click on the following link,
http://www.humantrafficking.org/countries/burma