Research and Assistance
Operation Mercy works in partnership with other organisations to endeavour to bring hope to the hopeless. We actively engage women working in the sex industry to show them their worth as human beings. We bring them toiletries and fruit, showing interest in their lives and their families. Sometimes just remembering someone’s name helps them to feel loved and important. Showing an interest in these women, enables them to realise that support exists for them. In trafficking situations, the girls are sometimes not able to get the medical attention they need or can’t afford to eat enough. By being a friend to the friendless, we are caring for those in need in Kazakhstan.
In meeting with these women, Operation Mercy is also learning about the complexities that lead to trafficking in Central Asia and keep women trapped in the Sex Industry once there. This currently informs our awareness and prevention work and is laying groundwork for future intervention.
10,000 people are trafficked through Kazakhstan every year. These people literally just disappear. They are lured into jobs elsewhere thinking they can earn better money, or they think they are being offered wonderful opportunities to better their circumstances, and they end up in human trafficking slavery.
Operation Mercy runs anti-human trafficking interactive lecture,s as part of the life skills programme, in schools, colleges and universities to make students aware of the reality of human trafficking in Kazakhstan.
With increased insight and awareness of the reality of human trafficking, hopefully more people will avoid the horrifying experiences that so many have endured through Kazakhstan.