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Dita: Where the miracle meets reality

Dita: Where the miracle meets reality!

Would it be possible to come and study in Canada?

It all started in 2021 with a simple question asked by a young girl during a humanitarian trip that we take every year on behalf of Talitha Koumi.

At first glance, Mona and I responded evasively that it was perhaps possible but quite frankly, at the time, we had no idea! But meh, to what extent was a young girl from a village located on the island of Java going to follow up on such a request? However, after a few days, Mona and I asked ourselves the same question: If she is serious, how far are we ready to go in this adventure?

Back in Canada, I checked on the Immigration Canada website if it was possible for Dita to come live with us and study in Canada and the answer is yes. On the site, everything seemed very easy (first illusion, or disillusionment!). We therefore contacted Dita again to validate the seriousness of her request and to our great surprise, she responded positively. So we started the procedures and that’s when the nightmare began!

For those who read me and are familiar with Immigration Canada, you will undoubtedly agree with me if I tell you that the 12 labors of Asterix are absolutely nothing compared to immigration procedures.

First of all, it is absolutely impossible to speak with an immigration agent to get help navigating the maze of procedures. For a year and a half, during 2 requests which ended in refusal without any further explanation, we were left to our own devices. Well, not exactly because God himself was comforting us. My wife and I have felt many times that God was encouraging us to persevere, but after two rejections, hope quickly faded.

It is therefore with heavy hearts that we left for Indonesia in August 2023 for our humanitarian trip. We had hoped until the last moment to bring Dita back with us but despite this, we still had to go and supervise the work done by our colleagues on site and visit our 30 protégés. After the 4 days spent in the village, we returned to Jakarta and spent some time with John, the pastor of a church in the megacity.

That Sunday, we went to the international church frequented by expatriates living in Jakarta. To put you in context, Jakarta is a megacity of 33 million inhabitants and it is a very large city. As I was giving a conference on sex trafficking of minors in Indonesia, my photo was circulating on the church screen. A man sitting in front of me then turned and told me very insistently that I should meet him after the celebration.

It’s extremely important to you, he insisted!

Statistically, the rest of the story is humanly impossible!

I then thought I was dealing with a potential donor (we depend, in fact, on donations) but when we started talking after the celebration, I was quickly surprised by the content of the questions. The man was very intrusive and asked questions which, in my opinion, seemed to go beyond what a simple donor would ask but good prince, I answered all his questions until he mentioned Said…

Very surprised, I asked him how he knew Dita. He then revealed to me that in reality, he was an immigration officer at the Canadian embassy and that it was none other than him who had refused the visa application twice rather than once. Words fail me to express the degree of amazement that Mona and I felt. Such an encounter was undoubtedly a miracle and we were able to see God act in such a powerful way!

This man was able to explain to us in detail the reasons for the refusals and was able to give us valuable advice in the event that we wanted to make a third request, which of course we did. In addition, this meeting also reconciled us with the immigration service because we were able to see the great professionalism and the sincere desire to protect visa applicants or asylum seekers.

Armed with all this information, we applied for a visa and… WE’RE GOING TO BRING BACK  DITA NEXT SUMMER!

In conclusion, do not doubt the existence of God and his love for you. He still acts with great power now but to see the supernatural, one must engage in the advancement of the kingdom of God!

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PUTTING A FACE ON EVIL

When we think of a pimp, a trafficker, a pedophile or even a psychopath, we often imagine someone with a threatening or terrifying face when in reality, these criminals look like Mr. Everybody.

Same thing for a victim of sexual exploitation, in other words, a prostitute.

In this last article of the series, we invite you to meet an abuser, Mr. Suliman, trafficker and pimp, whom we were able to interview in a brothel in the district of Indramayu, in the province of West Java.

Good reading !

PUTTING A FACE ON EVIL

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A cup of tea with Mr. the deputy

This is the 3rd and penultimate article in our series on child prostitution in Indonesia where we had the opportunity to speak with a deputy from Indramayu district.

 

3-A cup of tea with Mr. the deputy

 

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Prostitution: The chef of Bongas’ police point of view

In this interview, you will be able to discover how the new police chief of the village of Bongas perceives the problem of sex trafficking in and around his village.

Good reading !

To read: 2- Maryudi eng

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Better understand prostitution: 4 interviews

After 3 years of waiting, Talitha Koumi (TK) was finally able to return to Indonesia to see how our fight against prostitution among underage girls is progressing! As part of her mandate, Talitha Koumi also has the mission of investigating and writing articles with photos in order to better understand the situation of prostitution as well as to expose it.

To do this, Daniel Jean, photojournalist for Talitha Koumi was able to carry out 4 interviews with actors in the world of prostitution, both among minors and among women over 18 years of age.

For the next 4 weeks, you are invited to consult the TK blog to follow the reports of our photojournalist.

This week, we are talking with Ms. Suzi Anti, deputy director of the child protection and women’s service.

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Click on 1- Suzi Ianti, government official to read .

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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.

Good listening !

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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.

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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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