Saturday, July 30, 2016

Knowledge and Skills to Protect

A training on trafficking gives an at-risk community the tools to avoid being trafficked and to support those who have been

I had heard of human trafficking before this training from the village leader, but I had never attended a formal training course like the one Samaritan’s Purse conducted. The trainer’s use of pictures helped us understand the lessons and remember them easily, and the interactive games were engaging and created a fun learning atmosphere.

The things I remember most from the training are the pictures illustrating common trafficking tricks, such as kidnapping and rigging drinks with drugs. There were also other helpful pictures explaining the purposes behind human trafficking and five safe migration tips.

The training was especially useful for mountainous people like me who face harsher living conditions than city dwellers. I learned that victims of human trafficking aren’t bad people. I realized that they were trafficked because they didn’t know how to protect themselves, so we should try to support them instead of discriminating against them.

I also learned that I should be suspicious of people who offer me too-good-to-be-true good job opportunities because they might be traffickers. I want to share the information I learned with many others and encourage them to share with more people so that we can be safe.

I’m grateful for the opportunity I got to participate in this training. It equipped me with the knowledge and skills I need to protect myself, my family, and my community from the risk of human trafficking.

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