During 2013-2014 Hagar’s Trafficking in Persons Capacity-building in Afghanistan Project (TIPCAP) led a coalition of Government, United Nations and local and international partners to develop a framework for the protection and recovery of survivors of abuse in Afghanistan.

TIPCAP helped to raise the standard of care for victims of trafficking and other human rights abuses by examining case studies, identifying gaps in services and addressing key learning needs.

For the duration of the project Hagar led coalition meetings and conducted human trafficking training for lawyers, judges, police, and service providers. Topics ranged from debating the definition of trafficking in Afghanistan to clarifying misconceptions about trafficking and the importance of protection, prosecution and policy.

Despite the great success of the project, there is still much work to be done.

Each day in Afghanistan, boys are bought and sold by powerful men in the age old tradition of ‘bacha bazi’ – or boy’s play. Boys are also held as slaves, forced to work in mines and brick kilns, or sent across the Tajik border to undertake hard and unsafe labour with little food and no wages, only to be dumped back across the Afghan border once again, half dead and unable to work effectively.

Girls are bought and sold from one man to another, throughout Afghanistan, and across the borders into Pakistan and Iran, for the purposes of sexual exploitation. Women are also sold every day in another ancient tradition called “baad” where they are given to an enemy family to satisfy an ongoing feud.

Through TIPCAP, Hagar worked with the necessary local and international actors to address the issue of protection in Afghanistan so that individuals might begin their journeys towards recovery and wholeness.

Read how TIPCAP was able to impact a girl named Shaima.