What we do
- Raise public awareness about trafficking in human beings. COATNET members give talks in villages and high schools and hold information sessions in at-risk areas. Photo gallery: Awareness materials
- Fight the root causes of vulnerability, such as poverty and lack of job alternatives (Read how human traffickers recruit). COATNET members teach at-risk people marketable skills so they can get safe jobs, and create employment opportunities for them.
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- Advocate for migration and economic policies that reduce the vulnerability of people to trafficking. For example, COATNET members have lobbied for better protection for migrant domestic workers and unaccompanied child migrants.
- Advocate for better anti-trafficking laws that more effectively protect victims and punish traffickers. At the request of police officers and government leaders, COATNET affiliates have advised law enforcement groups. COATNET also lobbies for more compassionate laws for victims and stronger sentences for criminals.
- Cooperate with authorities, churches, and relevant civil society actors to challenge the phenomenon of human trafficking. Because COATNET members come from many different Christian churches, COATNET has a wide reach and can act together to fight trafficking.
- Help trafficking survivors start a new life. COATNET runs shelters, hotlines, counselling programmes and more for people who have escaped from slavery.
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