What if you had no choice but to send your child away, hoping she’d be fed, go to school and be safe? What if you found out that instead she was held against her will, abused and forced to work?
No father wants to send his daughter to be enslaved as a maid in another family’s home. Or send his son to work off a family debt in a mine. But in the trafficking hot spots where Free the Slaves works, we often meet fathers who seemingly have no other choice.
You can help end that cycle of slavery. This Father’s Day, you can honor your father with a gift that spreads freedom to fathers and their families around the world.
Free the slaves understands what makes families vulnerable to slavery, and why fathers are often challenged in protecting their children. With education, empowerment and support, we help fathers rescue their children from slavery and prevent traffickers from preying on others.
- In India, we helped a father who’d been trying unsuccessfully to free his boy from slavery inside a factory. His son, and 23 other teens, are now free and back home.
- In Nepal, we helped two fathers whose entire families were enslaved on a farm. By learning how to stand up for their rights, they obtained legal ownership of half of the land they had been cultivating. They are now free from slavery.
- In Ghana, the founder of our partner organization, James Kofi Annan, a former slave himself, says he feels like a father to children he rescues. He wants them to follow in his footsteps: “By 10 years time, I should be able to have mentored other survivors who will then become the voice of others who are not yet freed.”
You can help us support more fathers and more families, so that everyone everywhere can experience freedom.
Please contribute to Free the Slaves through our Father’s Day e-card initiative.