Transit monitoring saves lives
Stopping human trafficking before it starts
What Transit monitoring is
By monitoring illegal routes at the border of Lesotho and South Africa, we’re able to stop human trafficking before people are victimized. Men, women, and children are looking for job opportunities, and the perpetrator often promises them work in South Africa.
The Beautiful Dream Society team of transit monitors includes one team leader and eight monitors that work in pairs to spot human trafficking, often before the victim even knows she is being trafficked!
Partnering to save lives
Love Justice International receives a grant from the US government to help stop human trafficking in approximately 30 different countries. In Lesotho, they’ve partnered with BDS to accomplish their mission.
Our monitors are given permission by the Lesotho government, coordinating with immigration and border patrol, to monitor the borders through our transit monitoring program.
Together, the US government, the Lesotho government, Love Justice International, and Beautiful Dream Society are working to end human trafficking in Lesotho.
How transit monitoring works
1 -Monitor the likely locations
Our eight monitors work in pairs at locations like bus stations, border posts, airports, or even small villages at the border.
2 - Watch for potential victims
Each of our monitors watches for signs that someone is a potential victim, even if that person doesn't realize it.
3 - Question them separately
One monitor takes the potential victim and questions them, and the other does the same with the potential perpetrator.
4 - Stop human trafficking
Our efforts have saved human trafficking victims before they even realized they were being trafficked!
Human trafficking is a problem worldwide. In Lesotho specifically, it may shock you to know it wasn’t even a crime until 2011. As a result, law enforcement there is often at a loss. They don’t know how to handle situations we run into, especially with our transit monitoring program.
You’ve probably heard the story of the boy who was on the beach throwing starfish into the ocean one at a time. His dad saw what he was doing and asked, “What are you doing? You can’t save all of them.” The boy replied, “Yes, but for that one, I made a big difference.”