Child Labor is prevalent in many countries and is a present danger to children in West Africa. The International Labor Organization Convention 182 defines the worst forms of child labor as the use of any individual under the age of 18 for the purpose of debt bondage, armed conflict, commercial sexual exploitation, drug trafficking, and other types of work identified as hazardous to children. Child labor prevents children from attending or participating effectively in school. It places children in hazardous conditions that put their physical and spiritual health, intellectual and moral development at risk.
Under ILO Convention 182, trafficked children are among the most exploited and qualify as victims of the worst forms of child labor - equivalent to slavery. The negative effects of trafficking include poorly educated children with low skills who return to their communities traumatized, in ill health (i.e. HIV/AIDS, sexually transmitted disease, drug addiction), and susceptible to premature death.
Education is a key investment that has been linked to the acceleration of a nation's productivity and socioeconomic development. Poorly educated workers tend to earn less, live in poverty, and may in turn send their own children to work at an early age. Therefore, it's important to break the cycle by placing children in positive educational environments and develop them for leadership roles instead of exposing them to detrimental conditions in workplaces. Keeping children in school protects them from child labor and trafficking abuses.
With this in mind - Carmen Morris, a Christian businesswoman who lives in Miami, Florida, USA and her family traveled to Benin, West Africa during November 2003 and dedicated a school (Sanctuary of Moses) in the Village of Akpali-Kpevi Jesulome for the benefit of children who have no educational alternatives available to them or are at risk/have become victims of Child Trafficking.
In order to educate children who are at risk or have been victims of child trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation, Morris was able to establish a full-service Sanctuary of Moses campus in the town of Adjohoun. Ouidah was a principal port during the African slave trade when Africans were traded to Europeans for weapons and other things. Many Africans died at Ouidah and in the middle passage while being shipped to the auction block, hence the term African Holocaust. A Sanctuary for modern day children victimized by slavery will now rise up in a place where blood
was shed from victims of the African Holocaust.