LEARN: Many Moroccan Women Do Not Report Sexual Abuse

Back in May of this year (2019), a second National Survey on the prevalence of violence against women in Morocco shared upsettingly high percentages of violence against women in urban and rural areas, with national rates standing at 54.4%. Most shocking is the low number of women who report the abuse: only 6.6% of women who experienced sexual abuse filed a complaint against their abuser(s). “This low value can be attributed to a lack of trust in police and the social shame tied to victims who report abuse” (Morocco World News, 2019).

 

The study, conducted between January 2 through March 10 in 2019, reported 12.4% of Moroccan women had experienced sexual assaults in public spaces within the past twelve months while 24.3% of Moroccan female employees reported sexual assault in the workplace.

 

Silence is indeed a factor that enables further violence against women. While there are laws in Morocco providing women the right to file complaints against their abuser(s), not every victim has a voice—especially those who are victims of human and sex trafficking. Beauty For Ashes strives to be a voice for those without one by raising awareness about the issue of human and sex trafficking. We work to prevent young girls from experiencing sexual abuse and protect them from being exploited. For those who have been rescued from trade, we provide support to restore them in a holistic manner. We support and work with young girls until they become independent and will be safe once they leave our home in Fes.

 

Morocco is just the tip of the iceberg in the fight against human trafficking. Because it is the main hub between three main trade routes of human trafficking—Europe, Africa, and the rest of the world—Beauty For Ashes is strategically positioned to address this worldwide issue. If we do not stop trafficking here, it will continue around the world; but if we stand against it, we can make an impact.

 

You can join us by helping us to raise awareness, learn to spot signs of human trafficking in your own city, and donate to organizations like Beauty For Ashes to continue the fight against human trafficking through prevention, rescue, and restoration. If you’re interested in gathering more information or learning how you can get involved, contact us here.


PROTECT

Protect. Part of our mission at Beauty For Ashes is to protect the vulnerable. This need for protection is met in many ways:

1. Safe housing
2. Counseling
3. Continued education
4. Job acquisition
5. Empowerment education
6. Safe Community
7. Trafficking education
8. Mentorship

There are even more to the list that come through our staff on a daily basis to ensure these girls protection. It is not just a goal to us but the importance is woven into the fabric of every decision we make.

Young girls who have fallen outside of the protective influence of their families are the most vulnerable targets for traffickers.

Beauty for Ashes seeks to teach these girls and provide for them so that they can continue their education and learn skills for gainful, productive employment.


Overwhelmed by the Human Trafficking Epidemic?

Are you overwhelmed by the scope of the human trafficking epidemic around the world? We are too.

👉🏻 Here are some things we’ve learned when it all gets to be too much.

#1 One thing at a time. The Starfish principle: there may be a million stranded starfish but when you throw one back in the ocean, it makes a difference to that one

#2 This is going to take everyone. So no matter your involvement whether big or small, it matters.

#3 Someone else is not more qualified to do this fight than you! We are all uniquely gifted and whether you have time, talent, money, or wisdom to offer, it is all important. You matter!

#4 Breathe. Give yourself a day to relax, be free. Experience freedom at its best so we remember why it is we are fighting. Freedom matters, enjoy it.

#5 Believe it’s worth it. Human beings are worth the fight and wading through the overwhelming statistics to reach that next one. Fighting when it isn’t easy is when it matters most.


Spreading Awareness

Being aware makes all the difference. If you know more about human trafficking then we will no longer be able to say slavery was something that happened years ago.
We can all have a role to end slavery. If you know more, there will be no more.

Victims of trafficking are often re-trafficked even after being rescued. This is why prevention is so important. “Where re-trafficking occurs, it is not uncommon for it to be to a different destination or for a different purpose of exploitation on each occasion” (International Organization of Migration). According to the UNODC Global Report on Trafficking in Persons, 30% of human trafficking victims are children.

What can you do to get involved? Spread awareness! Do you have a group of friends or family or people who meet together? Maybe a youth group, camp, retreat, community group, or organization? Invite a BFA staff member to come and speak about human trafficking this summer or fall! Or even simpler, share you newfound knowledge on your favorite social media platforms!


Grooming for Human Trafficking?

Have you heard the term Grooming for human trafficking?

It’s not like going to the Spa for a self-care day. It is a process used by the perpetrator to achieve complete control over someone’s identity and sexual boundaries by force, fraud or coercion.

Most victims don’t realize they are being groomed, until they are already under the perpetrator’s control.

Why does this matter? Prevention is the key to stop human trafficking. If we can identify when people are being groomed, we can stop the control before it begins, we can prevent the trauma, we can keep people Free.


Hope

Hope. It is why we are doing all that we can, because we have hope that these girls can have a secure future. That their hardships and struggles can be traded for Beauty. That each one of them is worth it

Your involvement in this ministry not only gives at-risk girls in Morocco a safe place to live but this opens the door for them to dream about a ✨bright future, a future the never expected to exist. Now, they can dream, they can hope again.

Hope is a powerful thing, and you don’t realize it until it’s not safe to hope anymore. We are so grateful for those who partner with us providing hope again to girls who have had it stripped away for so long.