It costs about $1,200 for an Indonesian investigator to travel to an island where a child has been taken, conduct the investigation, rescue the child, and fly her home.

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Much has to be accomplished before sexually trafficked children can be located, rescued, and placed in our shelter.

In order to locate children sold into the sex trade, Indonesian law enforcement must be equipped to recognize the crime and respond in the most effective way. This is one of the most difficult crimes to investigate, and Indonesia lacks the resources to properly train the officers tasked with investigating human trafficking crimes.

Compassion First seeks to empower Indonesian law enforcement and partner with other local entities to foster a sustainable reduction of trafficking.

“One of the things that I’ve found is that Indonesians are amazingly compassionate people. Their law enforcement is anxious to become better at what they do. They are in need of a lot more training, a lot more resources.”

– Retired Sgt. Mike Geiger, former Supervisor of the Portland Police Bureau’s Human Trafficking Unit and current Director of Compassion First Police Training

Rescues require available funds at a moment’s notice. As a nation of islands, children will almost always need to be flown home, often from distant islands. Indonesian law enforcement, which is responsible for investigating human trafficking crimes, are also responsible for bringing captive children back to their home island. The reality is that Indonesian law enforcement does not have the resources to bring this about.

Compassion First has been working to support them in this effort and will continue to do so as long as we have your support.

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