The Countries

The Countries Born to Fly International, Inc. Works In

B2F works to fight child trafficking around the world

Feature country: Russia

In Russia we partner with Nadezhda Fund, Orphan's Tree and Bridge to the Nations -- non-profit organizations that work with teens and young children who've grown up in orphanages. Orphans are very at-risk for trafficking, especially when they age out of the system and are on their own. These organizations have done a fantastic job teaching B2F to these kids, teens, and even young adults.

Russia is a strategic place to teach anti-trafficking awareness because it has one of the highest rates of human trafficking in the world:
  • In the US Department of State's 2012 Trafficking in Persons Report, Russia is on Tier 2 and also the Watch List. The US Department of State has a tier system to categorize countries according to their compliance with the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA), from Tier 1 to Tier 3. Tier 2 are “countries whose governments do not fully comply with the TVPA’s minimum standards, but are making significant efforts to bring themselves into compliance with those standards.” The Watch List includes countries where the “absolute number of victims of severe forms of trafficking is very significant or is significantly increasing.”

    Source: US Department of State
  • Russia is a source, destination, and transit country, dealing with labor and sex trafficking of men, women and children.

    Source: US Department of State 
  • The International Office of Migration assisted Russia in 837 trafficking cases in 2011 (out of 5,498 worldwide).

    Source: International Office of Migration 
  • In 2010, there were 118 human trafficking investigations in Russia, with 62 prosecutions of 42 trafficking offenders (some of these offenders were involved in larger trafficking rings) with 31 convictions.

    Source: International Office of Migration 
  • The Migration Research Center estimates that one million people in Russia are exposed to “exploitative” labor conditions, which is a form of human trafficking.

    Source: US Department of State 
  • There are also reports of exploitation of children including child prostitution in large Russian cities and forced begging. Reports of Russian women being subjected to forced prostitution abroad continued to be received in 2010. Russian women were reported to be victims of sex trafficking in many countries, including in northeast Asia, Europe, and throughout the Middle East.

    Source: US Department of State 
  • Children and adults from Africa and Asia are trafficked into Russia. Russia's organized crime is particularly involved with mail-order brides, who are trafficked from Russia to other countries. Russian women and children are trafficked to Europe, northeast Asia, and the Middle East.
Source: Exodus Cry
  • Hotline numbers to report human trafficking in Russia: 8 800 200 2400 or (Angel Coalition) 4712 368590

Research compiled by Rebecca Blechman while she served as a Born2Fly intern. While Rebecca was teaching English in Asia, she spent time in Cambodia and saw children openly being trafficked on the streets. As a result of her experiences, she came home, went to law school, passed the bar, and is now preparing to fight child trafficking on an international level.
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