It is interesting to think that here in NJ, there was a recent S.O.A.P. Initiative where people were able to receive training about missing children who are sold into sexual slavery on a regular basis. These trained people were able to go into hotels and ask hotel workers to put bars of soap in their bathrooms with information if the children ever are in need help. They also asked hotel workers to identify children from a hand-out. There was one that was properly identified. That one might be able to be found and rescued!
In India there are about 45,000 children reported missing every year. There are so many children who live in the streets as it is (18 million), and this complicates it further. Imagine how many missing children are not even reported because of the poverty in India as it is (where parents can’t afford to have their children sought out to rescue)!
Here is a story about a child who went missing.
Nine year old Nadish went to Gospel For Asia’s Bridge of Hope school, but his mother scolded him because he was not taking his studies seriously enough. He was upset and ran off by a train station where a man showed him kindness. The man locked him up at night, making him clean animal waste during the day for two years. He was given little food to eat.
Nadish’s mother was so upset and went to the Bridge of Hope center asking for prayer. She had already lost her husband to cancer and didn’t want to lose a son too.
When a new boy was also caught by this man who enslaved Nadish, the man forgot to lock the door. The two boys escaped together. He had just turned 12 a few days earlier. They went to the police and were able to testify against their captor.
Now Nadish is home and is back in school at Bridge of Hope. He has been having difficulties because of the pains he received in slavery. Please continue to pray for his studies and for him to be able to concentrate on his work. Pray for healing in his life.
You can help rescue a child who might be abandoned or living on the streets! Help prevent these children from abuse and slavery! You can also sponsor a child like Nadish who attends a Bridge of Hope school!
- India has close to 13 million children younger than 15 in its workforce—more than any other country in the world. Some estimate the real number is closer to 100 million. That’s five times the population of the state of New York.
- In Thailand, almost 1 out of every 10 children between the ages 10 and 14 are working rather than going to school.
- In Bangladesh, an estimated 27 percent of children ages 10-14 are working in a variety of hazardous occupations.
- In Sri Lanka, one of the most physically punishing forms of child labor is the fishing industry, which keeps the children in slave-like conditions and far from the public eye.
- UNICEF estimates that 4,500 children from Bangladesh are trafficked to Pakistan each year. Thousands more are sent to India and the Middle East.