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What’s new, Elsa?

Elsa is a young girl Talitha Koumi accepted in its sex child trafficking prevention program 4 years ago.

We invite you to listen and discover what a difference Talitha Koumi can make in a child’s life and in her family as well.

Click on WHAT’S NEW , ELSA ? to watch.

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IT’S NOT ILLEGAL BUT IS IT MORAL NEVERTHELESS ?

Strangely, and although the consensus on the issue is accepted internationally, sex tourism is not a crime in Indonesia since the crime as such is not defined in the legal framework.

As a result, Indonesia is seeing no respite from the increase in sex crimes among minors, both girls and boys.

The Indonesian Ministry of Women’s Empowerment and Child Protection (KPPPA) recorded a sharp increase in human trafficking cases during the pandemic with 256 victims in 2021, compared to 213 in 2020 and 111 in 2019.

Child exploitation, including the use of minors in criminal activities and hazardous work, is also on the rise, with more than 165 cases reported in 2021 – up from 133 in 2020 and 106 in 2019, with most victims coming from from West Java and East Nusa. Provinces of Tenggara.

According to the most recent figures available from Australian NGO Walk Free’s Global Slavery Index, around 1.2 million Indonesians were enslaved in 2016. Many were trafficked for domestic work in their country and abroad or exploited in the sex trade. About 43% of Indonesian victims of trafficking are believed to be between 14 and 17 years old.

(https://pulitzercenter.org/stories/covid-19-has-worsened-child-sex-trafficking-indonesia-including-resort-paradise-bali)

Just in 2016, we are talking about 1.2 million Indonesians reduced to slavery! Since then the planet has been hit by the covid-19 pandemic and unsurprisingly the poorest of the poor have been hit even harder. The pandemic and its corollary (the famous confinement) has deprived many Indonesians of the little that their work of misery managed to give them.

It is very difficult to change the mores of a population and in general, in South-East Asia, one makes little case of prostitution. During our report in 2017, witnesses explained to us that they preferred that their husbands go to see prostitutes rather than take mistresses because it put them in less danger of ending up on the street if ever the mistress prevailed over the married woman. You should know that in Indonesia the status of women is unenviable and schooling is not encouraged, which makes them victims who are easy to fool and very unaware of their rights.

 

We should also mention that there are very few convictions for sexual crimes against children because under Indonesian legislation, the perpetrators of these crimes (pimp, trafficker or other) will not be prosecuted for having violated the laws concerning human trafficking but rather according to child protection law. These articles of law lead to much lighter penalties for those (and they are very rare) who have the misfortune to fall into the hands of incorruptible judicial officers.

 

The problem with our legal system is that it is difficult to prove whether such cases can be considered human trafficking,” she said, adding that the legal definition should also include transport, harboring or “receiving” people as well as fraud and coercion. .

And she pointed out that if the victims are children “sometimes the perpetrators can only be charged under child protection law, not anti-trafficking law.”

(https://pulitzercenter.org/stories/covid-19-has-worsened-child-sex-trafficking-indonesia-including-resort-paradise-bali)

At Talitha Koumi, far from discouraging us, these figures and facts only strengthen our determination to be part of the fight against this modern form of slavery. Thanks to our generous donors and the staff of our partner on the island of Java, we are saving precious young girls, one by one. We make our own the values ​​of the Lord Jesus for whom the value of a single soul would have justified his death on the cross.

 

 

Talitha Koumi is an anti-trafficking organization entirely dependent on donors. We are not affiliated with any religious or governmental denomination in order to preserve our independence.

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NEW ADDITION TO OUR WEB SITE !

We were waiting for this for quite a while but it all came through, thanks to our all mighty God !

You may wonder what we were waiting for ? For a few months now, we were in need of finds to take 9 more girls under our wing. But to do this, we needed also to add a staff to our actual team. More staff, more girls, more money !

This week, we received excellent news form Église Nouvelle Vie in Canada and were therefor able to go ahead with this project.

Now, you might be thinking: If Talitha Koumi has the funds for those 9 new girls, why should I become a sponsor ? Very simple. When someone commits itself to a girl and become a sponsor , it liberates money so we can take one more girl and send her to school.

Just remember there are 90 000 girls, at least, already caught in prostitution rings and the ones we are keeping in school will not fall in the hands of sex child traffickers.

So, please take a few minutes and click on the OUR PRECIOUS GIRLS tab in the upper screen to meet our girls. Everything you need to know about becoming a sponsor is also explained in that page. If you need further explanations, just fill the contact form and we’ll get back to you.

You CAN  make a difference ! Will you ?

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A typical day in Yeti’s family

A typical day in Yeti’s family

In this short video, we invite you to discover what a day in the life of an Indonesian family in need looks like.

CLICK here to watch.

CLICK here to give.

Daniel Jean, CEO and founder of Talitha Koumi

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SRI: The perfect exemple of human trafficking

We have just received the story of Sri Dewi, a 15-year-old Indonesian girl who has just been rescued from a human trafficking network.

Before being trapped, Sri lived with his mother, stepfather and sister.

They live with difficulty from a small business and since the school takes place online, Sri likes very much to help his family to exploit this one.

In 2021, a friend contacted her to offer her a job in a café in the city of Surrabaya. As soon as she arrives, a trafficker involved in human trafficking seduces Sri by offering her a better paying job on the island of West Papua.

Shortly after arriving on the island, he is flown into the jungle by helicopter to work in a cafe near a mine. This is when things get tricky.

When Sri fails to meet the cafe owner’s sales targets, she suffers physical and verbal abuse.

She will manage to get in touch with her mother and thanks to a child protection worker, she manages to return home.

She is currently hospitalized because she suffers from appendicitis, a urinary tract infection and kidney stones. Due to an error on her health insurance, we may not be able to treat her.

Sri is the perfect example of the typical victim of human trafficking. In order to help her family, she was trapped by highly skilled predators.

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A word from the president and founder of Talitha Koumi

The fight against sex child trafficking continues. Please watch this video where the president and founder, Daniel Jean, of Talitha koumi share a brief retrospection of year 2021 and share hopes and plans for 2022.

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LAST EFFORT BEFORE CHRISTMAS-MEET PUTRI, OUR YOUNG PROTÉGÉE !

First, on behalf of the Board of Directors, I would like to thank you from the bottom of my heart for your regular or ad hoc support, in prayer or in donations.

Rest assured that your financial sacrifice is literally changing the lives of young girls in Indonesia. Without Talitha Koumi, our protected young people simply cannot go to school and eat their fill.

At the end of the year, I allow myself to make one last appeal to your generosity. About $ 1000 is missing from Talitha Koumi’s coffers to cover the tuition fees of the 14 young girls we are supporting for January and February.

In less than 10 days, I have to proceed with the money transfer to Indonesia.

There are no small donations. Give within your means.

I also take this email to introduce you to one of our proteges, the young Putri. I believe that like me you will fall in love with her!

Good viewing !

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A reminder: People we help are real people with real needs

Just click on the image to meet Yeti Junita !

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COVID-19 and Indonesia: 12 years of progress threatened

For more than 250 million people around the world, the numbers don’t lie: There will indeed be a PRE COVID-19 world and a POST COVID-19 world. In the current state of affairs, Indonesia, like many other countries, is grappling with an idle youth, growing inequalities in education and a future strewn with often insurmountable obstacles for women wishing to access real economic opportunities.

It is in this world that Dea Augustin evolves. She is a 13-year-old orphan that Talitha Koumi and Kusuma Bongas have taken under their wing. She lives with her grandmother and they are among the poorest of the poor who earn an average of $ 1.90 per day. The world is currently hit by a perfect storm made up of the trio COVID, armed conflict and climate change. These 3 phenomena combined will plunge 99 million more people into extreme poverty.

As for today, there are around 257 million people making $ 3.20 per day. Of this number, the 15-24 age group in Indonesia is hit hard. But there are major differences between the less fortunate in rural areas, undereducated and resigned to their fate, and young people in the suburbs. They are more educated, more urbanized and much less inclined to agricultural work in rice fields, for example. As they are more aware of those going on around them, this segment of the population may not accept being sidelined so easily and always suffer the consequences of decisions not emanating from their control.

Currently, Talitha Koumi is able to support Dea (as well as 13 other young girls) in the pursuit of her studies. She is currently in junior high school and her dream is to become a doctor. As the graph illustrates, the situation of extrême poverty in Asia was improving continuously since the 2008 stock market crash, but the current pandemic has distorted all the cards.

Economists use the GINI index to assess the distribution of wealth in a population. The greater this index, the greater the inequalities. Since March 2020, this index has continued to increase and Asia is the first affected region, followed by Sub-Saharan Africa.

Concretely, if we combine the GINI index with the fact that 25% of the Indonesian population has not worked since March, the country (and the countries of South Asia) is heading towards an unparalleled human catastrophe despite all the measures implemented. up by the Indonesian government.

Anyone who says growing inequalities means growing human trafficking. The traffickers rely on the fragility and distress of potential victims in order to trap them in their nets. In these moments, many parents see in their daughter only a way out of extreme poverty and many young girls, orphans or abandoned by their families, have no choice but to sell their bodies in order to have a place to stay and eat.

Talitha Koumi has been working for more than 3 years in the Indramayu district, the cradle of prostitution in Indonesia (to access our report on this subject, click HERE). When we know that barely 20 years ago, there was no electricity, no running water and no paved road in the village of Bongas, it would be illusory to believe that Dea’s situation will improve like no other. magic.

Economists use the GINI index to assess the distribution of wealth in a population. The greater this index, the greater the inequalities. Since March 2020, this index has continued to increase and Asia is the first affected region, followed by Sub-Saharan Africa.

Concretely, if we combine the GINI index with the fact that 25% of the Indonesian population has not worked since March, the country (and the countries of South Asia) is heading towards an unparalleled human catastrophe despite all the measures implemented. up by the Indonesian government.

Anyone who says growing inequalities means growing human trafficking. The traffickers rely on the fragility and distress of potential victims in order to trap them in their nets. In these moments, many parents see in their daughter only a way out of extreme poverty and many young girls, orphans or abandoned by their families, have no choice but to sell their bodies in order to ” have a place to stay and eat.

Talitha Koumi has been working for more than 3 years in the Indramayu district, the cradle of prostitution in Indonesia (to access our report on this subject, click HERE). When we know that barely 20 years ago, there was no electricity, no running water and no paved road in the village of Bongas, it would be illusory to believe that Dea’s situation will improve like magic.

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Une typique du village de Bongas, district d’Indramayu, Java Ouest

It is inevitable that a serious economic crisis hits the entire planet because of the drastic measures that had to be taken, or not, to curb the pandemic. Obviously, the various solutions are not producing the expected results, the WORLDOMETER site (link) had 54,724,085 people infected with more than 1.3 million deaths. Never has a health crisis had such a big impact and apart from a hypothetical vaccine that has been eagerly awaited, there is no indication that the horse remedies applied by governments are not causing more problems than the disease itself.

For Dea and her little sister to have a realistic hope of getting through this, NGOs like Talitha Koumi and Yayasan Kusuma Bongas must be able to continue their work. As unrealistic as it sounds to a Canadian or an American, many Indonesian workers cannot work from home either because the Internet is not accessible or because their livelihood does not allow working from home.

Let’s face it, tough times are looming ahead. This pandemic will concretely drag a minimum of 100 million new people into extreme poverty, the life expectancy and quality of life of hundreds of millions of people will be affected and South Asia will be one of the most affected regions.

That’s why Talitha Koumi needs you more than ever. There are 300,000 women victims of prostitution and 90,000 of them are minors. They could be your daughters or your neighbors.

Talitha Koumi’s mission has two components: a) Prevention, one of the means of which is keeping young girls in school and b) social reintegration consisting of assisting young prostitutes wishing to get out of the clutches of prostitution.

To help Talitha Koumi:

Together we are making a difference. Are you going to engage in combat with us?

Daniel Jean

CEO and founder of Talitha Koumi

 

 

 

References for this post

How COVID-19 Will Increase Inequality in Emerging Markets and Developing Economies

How COVID-19 Will Increase Inequality in Emerging Markets and Developing Economies

The impact of COVID-19 on global poverty under worsening growth and inequality

https://blogs.worldbank.org/opendata/impact-covid-19-global-poverty-under-worsening-growth-and-inequality

https://openknowledge.worldbank.org/bitstream/handle/10986/34451/September-2020-PovcalNet-Update-What-s-New.pdf?sequence=1&isAllowed=y

Poverty and shared prosperity

http://pubdocs.worldbank.org/en/963481563917599502/mpo-idn.pdf

 

 

 

 

 

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Talitha koumi and kusuma Bongas serving our girls

Nothing bring me more joy than seing in direct our girls in Indonesia being served and taken care of !

We are very grateful for our partnership with Kusuma Bongas in the Indramayu district.

Take a look at our girls and meet Mr. Nonot Terryano, our faithful collaborator and street worker.

To watch the video, click HERE.

TO DONATE AND SUPPORT US, click HERE.

Yours truly,

Daniel Jean

CEO and founder of Talitha Koumi

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