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OUR MISSION: Enter South Sudan and assist Thousands of human and sex trafficking in South Sudan

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HUMAN TRAFFICKING South Sudan is a source country for men, women, and children subjected to forced labor and sex trafficking. Despite this fact, the U.S. State Department still downgraded S. Sudan from a tier 2 to a tier 3 country in the annual Trafficking in Persons report. South Sudanese females, particularly those from rural areas or that are internally displaced are most vulnerable. Forced domestic servitude in such cities as Yei, Bor, Wau, Torit, Nimule, Juba, and elsewhere in the country is rampant. Many of the enslaved, innocent women and little girls, are sexually abused by their enslavers or forced to engage in commercial sex acts. Child prostitution remains particularly high. South Sudanese girls as young as 10 years old are frequently subjected to sex trafficking in restaurants, hotels, and brothels in urban centers—at times with the involvement of corrupt law enforcement officials, according to the State Department report. Local civil society organizations report an increase in trafficking continued through 2015. With the continued violence driving many foreigners out of the country, local observers report a greater proportion of sex trafficking victims are now women and girls from South Sudan. Some traffickers are believed to operate in organized networks within the country and across the porous borders. Authorities frequently assist traffickers in crossing international borders, and some officials even subject women and girls to their own domestic servitude. Others purchase sex services directly from child trafficking ring leaders, or in protected establishments endorsed by these officials. Violent conflict continued throughout 2015, resulting in the displacement of more than two million people, and orphaning an unknown number of children. This chaos has placed these groups at an increased risk of being trafficked. Unaccompanied minors in refugee camps or those moving between camps, particularly while crossing the Kenya/S. Sudan border, are most vulnerable to abduction. Inter-ethnic abductions, as well as abductions by external criminal elements, continue between communities in South Sudan, especially in Jonglei, Unity, and Upper Nile states. Organizations report that Sudanese slave traders are abducting South Sudanese girls, icularly in Upper Nile state, and forcing them into domestic servitude or selling them into other forms of slavery in Khartoum or other urban centers. During the now-concluded North-South civil war, members of the Missiriya and Rizeigat ethnic groups abducted and enslaved tens of thousands of Dinka women and children along with a smaller number of Nuban children. Some of those enslaved remain in Sudan with their captors to this day. The Solution HUMAN TRAFFICKING South Sudan is a source country for men, women, and children subjected to forced labor and sex trafficking. Despite this fact, the U.S. State Department still downgraded S. Sudan from a tier 2 to a tier 3 country in the annual Trafficking in Persons report. South Sudanese females, particularly those from rural areas or that are internally displaced are most vulnerable. Forced domestic servitude in such cities as Yei, Bor, Wau, Torit, Nimule, Juba, and elsewhere in the country is rampant. Many of the enslaved, innocent women and little girls, are sexually abused by their enslavers or forced to engage in commercial sex acts. Child prostitution remains particularly high. South Sudanese girls as young as 10 years old are frequently subjected to sex trafficking in restaurants, hotels, and brothels in urban centers—at times with the involvement of corrupt law enforcement officials, according to the State Department report. Local civil society organizations report an increase in trafficking continued through 2015. With the continued violence driving many foreigners out of the country, local observers report a greater proportion of sex trafficking victims are now women and girls from South Sudan. Some traffickers are believed to operate in organized networks within the country and across the porous borders. Authorities frequently assist traffickers in crossing international borders, and some officials even subject women and girls to their own domestic servitude. Others purchase sex services directly from child trafficking ring leaders, or in protected establishments endorsed by these officials. Violent conflict continued throughout 2015, resulting in the displacement of more than two million people, and orphaning an unknown number of children. This chaos has placed these groups at an increased risk of being trafficked. Unaccompanied minors in refugee camps or those moving between camps, particularly while crossing the Kenya/S. Sudan border, are most vulnerable to abduction. Inter-ethnic abductions, as well as abductions by external criminal elements, continue between communities in South Sudan, especially in Jonglei, Unity, and Upper Nile states. Organizations report that Sudanese slave traders are abducting South Sudanese girls, particularly in Upper Nile state, and forcing them into domestic servitude or selling them into other forms of slavery in Khartoum or other urban centers. South Sudan is a hub for human and sex trafficking. Thousands of South Sudanese women and children, as well as citizens from other African nations, are victims of a sophisticated network that stretches from Sudan and South Sudan to Europe. The SolutionTo combat this, International Harbor Foundation a 501 (c)(3) non-profit chari- ty, is seeking your help to enter South Sudan with the overarching mission of assisting the millions of refugees and internally displaced persons, victims of ongoing war that has ravaged this na- tion. Currently, there are approaching 2.5 million displaced people, with over 200,000 living in UN refugee camps. Because of the war-created instability, South Sudan has also become a hub for human and sex trafficking. Thou- sands of Sudanese women and chil- dren are victims of a sophisticated net- work, reaching from South Sudan all the way to Europe. International Harbor Foundation’s pri- mary mission is to combat human traf- ficking and other forms of victimization of helpless civilians. We can best ac- complish this by being on the ground, directly helping those most affected. OUR STABILIZATION & REHABILITATION PROGRAM IHF has built a multi-faceted program to stabilize and rehabilitate trafficking victims and other vulnerable refugees and IDPs. We will bring normalcy and strength back to the people.

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