Situated in the far North of Thailand, on the Mekhong river bordering Laos, and home to several ethnic minority groups, Chiang Khong is an area which is particularly vulnerable to human trafficking – a problem which is endemic in Thailand.
In 2016 Thailand was upgraded to the Tier 2 Watch List in the US State Department’s Annual Trafficking in Persons Report, but the problem still prevails. The report recommends that “By understanding the needs of vulnerable groups, governments can partner with NGOs and the private sector to protect the innocent from would-be traffickers.”
CRPC takes a holistic approach to social change, tackling the interrelated problems in the area, and the various risk factors posed to children:
- marginalized ethnic minority ‘hill tribe’ groups
- statelessness (lacking citizenship documents or birth certificates)
- serious and pervasive poverty
- refugee or undocumented migrant status
- family members with HIV/Aids
- deceased or absent parents
- lack of access to health care and education
- drug and alcohol abuse in the family
- physical and sexual abuse
- elderly, ill, or otherwise incapacitated care-givers
These factors often coexist. As well as the immediate effects, these problems can perpetuate one another. Statelessness, poverty, disease, lack of education and lack of economic opportunities decrease the freedom that a person has to improve their situation. Domestic violence and abuse can also have a deep psychological impact on an individual. A combination of these factors put children at high risk of human trafficking and other forms of victimization.
CPRC protect the most vulnerable children by providing them with safe shelter, and help to break the cycle of poverty through formal and informal education. Find out more about the services your donations can help to provide.