Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has recognized this world-wide issue and is working to raise awareness. While introducing the 2007 Trafficking in Persons Report, she said, “More and more countries are coming to see human trafficking for what it is—a modern-day form of slavery that devastates families and communities around the world.”
Recognizing the need to fight this crime, Vladimir Ubeivolc answered God’s call and began the Beginning of Life Foundation in Moldova. Vladimir and his wife Yulia are committed to helping the victims of sex trafficking. According to Vladimir, the best way to fight sex trafficking is prevention.
The Beginning of Life Foundation focuses on warning girls about the dangers of sex trafficking before they are faced with a problem. Unfortunately, many girls still fall into the trap and become victims. This organization helps these girls start over again. “First we counsel her for three months, then we help her rent an apartment, find financial support for her and help her find a new job,” Vladimir said.
The Beginning of Life Foundation provides spiritual, psychological, and social support to the young women who come in. Through the work of this organization, many have experienced a complete metamorphosis and are now experiencing life in Christ for the first time.
1. The majority of women and girls that are trafficked come from rural areas. Over 10 percent are under 18 years old, some as young as 12 years old. Traffickers recruit women and girls through different strategies.
2. Direct contact, when women and girls, or their families, are approached by traffickers. The traffickers are often women from the same village who have previously worked as prostitutes or have been trafficked abroad and became traffickers. The family is often paid money in advance and the woman or girl is expected to earn the advance and pay back the family's debts.
3. Advertisements are placed in the press, offering jobs abroad. The advertisements directed at young women offer jobs as waitresses or house help, but more often bluntly state that the jobs are for those willing to work in the sex industry.
4. Tourist agencies offer full migration services from arranging passports and Schengen visas to transportation and work contracts. There are more than 3,000 tourist agencies, of which only some 140 have an official license to operate.
5. Job agencies. Out of a total of 100 job agencies, only fourteen have official licenses and these mostly hire men for construction work. Only three agencies offer jobs to women as waitresses and nurses. Others offer illegal work. Some of these enterprises are run by organised crime groups and operate as covers for trafficking.
HopeChest is launching ministry in Moldova with a $25,000 Stop the Secret fund to support one "safe home" for survivors of sex trafficking. This home is not clinics.
Like HopeChest's ministry in Russia and Africa, this partnering organization provides for the holistic and long-term needs of girls terrorized by systematic sexual abuse and slavery.
Beginning of Life is in it for the long haul.
HopeChest is raising funds to support Beginning of Life and provide the critical "after care" services needed to support these courageous young women.
Your gift will provide four young women with a safe place to live and round-the-clock care in their homes.
Click here to donate to the Stop the Secret launch fund, and support ministry in Moldova that brings restoration and healing to young woman who have survived the terrors of sex trafficking.