In early July, Thailand placed 10 million people in the capital under new coronavirus restrictions. “With COVID, the whole country shut down,” said Les Ginoza, ZOE Thailand Director. “We had to change
- Significant illegal migration to Thailand presents traffickers with opportunities to coerce or defraud undocumented migrants into involuntary servitude or sexual exploitation.
- Thailand is a well known sex trafficking destination.
- Thailand is considered Tier 2 on TIP (Trafficking In Persons) Report, meaning they are making significant efforts to meet minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking.
Our Current Work in Thailand
ZOE Thailand is ZOE International’s main campus hosting our Children’s Home, Boy’s Home, Child Rescue Center, Vocational Center, and Recreation Area.
Each awareness campaign has the goal of informing individuals and communities that modern day slavery exists, how traffickers work, and God’s heart in the midst of it all.
Human Trafficking Hotline
When ZOE receives a call on our human trafficking hotline, our staff will conduct a phone interview to assess whether the situation requires further action from our team. If so, a team is immediately sent to the location to conduct an assessment, investigation, or rescue.
Knowing that traffickers flourish where there is lack of resources and education, ZOE works to provide necessary food to families through our Mercy Network partnership with Children’s Hunger Fund.
ZOE has developed a large network of local law enforcement, social workers, teachers, pastors, community leaders, former ZOE staff, and former ZOE Leadership Training students to be our eyes and ears to report possible trafficking cases. This network has been crucial to stopping human trafficking before it even occurs!
Child Trafficking Victims
When a child has already been trafficked, intervention is needed to get the child out of the situation. ZOE supports federal and local law enforcement and is also a member of several federal and local anti-trafficking multidisciplinary task forces throughout Thailand.
Bringing Traffickers to Justice
As an overall strategy to fight human trafficking, we also seek to bring the human traffickers to justice. ZOE collaborates with Thai law enforcement and other government agencies when intervening on behalf of children.
The MDT of Northern Thailand includes Thai government members, the Ministry of Social Welfare and Human Security, Immigration Department, Transnational Crime Unit Police Region 5 (TCU), and the law enforcement agency responsible for anti-trafficking activity in Chiang Mai and Northern Thailand. Nongovernmental Organizations (NGOs) include FOCUS, New Life Center, and the International Justice Mission. In addition, ZOE has partnered with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement/Homeland Security Investigations.
The goal of ZOE’s Restoration Program is to help to restore the lives of human trafficking survivors and help them heal from their past, so they can act on their courage to plan for their bright future.
Our facilities are on 35 acres in an undisclosed location in Thailand. Currently we have our main home, boy’s home, Child Rescue Center, vocational center, and recreation area with a pool.
Vocational and Life Skills Training
Part of the restoration process for the older teens is giving them tools to be able to live a life outside of our home. We have a Vocational Center that allows them to learn life skills that will provide them with the ability to not only survive, but thrive as they step out into the real world as adults.
“We have seen incredible learning and growth in every child at ZOE. The tireless work of the parents, tutors, and education team helps to give the children at ZOE every chance to not just learn, but to excel in their education.” â€“Â
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