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Project Karma’s response in consultation with local communities, local law enforcement, governments and welfare agencies is the development of the “Sentinel Model Project”.
Working in partnership with local non-profit organisations, government departments, local law enforcement and community groups, the Project Karma Sentinel Model focuses on delivering a locally sustainable model that is designed to fight these crimes at the root causes. Key strategies include building dedicated local investigation teams and intelligence networks and providing awareness and education programs in schools and across all community levels on the dangers of these crimes. The safe rescue and rehabilitation of all child victims is also paramount.
After significant on the ground research and consultation, Project Karma has identified several regions to implement the 5-year Sentinel Model Pilot Project including: Bali and Lombok (Indonesia), Cebu (Philippines), Bangkok, Pattaya and other regions of Thailand. Following a review of these pilot projects Project Karma will expand the model to: India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos.
To rescue and rehabilitate all children from sexual slavery and abuse by working with local community leaders to prevent child sexual abuse occurring, through raised community awareness, local investigation teams and a clear, accepted, and fit-for-purpose rehabilitation process that puts the needs of the child first.
This replicable model of action was developed over 2 years with effectiveness, sustainability, cultural adaptability and community relevance as key priorities.
Increased community awareness indicated by an increase in reporting of these crimes to police
Whilst these initial projects focus on some of the world’s worst areas of child sex exploitation and trafficking, the Project Karma Sentinel Model is a viable model for preventative action and management of these issues in society across all communities, around the world.
Project Karma has been lobbying for a national managed, publicly accessible child sex offender register for the past 3 years. In January, 2019 Home Affairs Minister, Hon. Peter Dutton MP announced the Australian Federal Government’s intention to implement such a register system in Australia and allocated over AUD $7,000,000 to establish a national centre to manage child sexual exploitation crimes and to establish such a register.
Project Karma has been involved in the rescue or intervention of over 200 children suffering sexual abuse and exploitation between 2015-2019 in four countries to date. Children are placed on a case to case basis depending on that country’s allocation processes. Project Karma is working with government bodies to review current allocation systems and establish an adaptable Integrated Services Model to provide a crisis assessment centre and aftercare program where needed as part of the Sentinel Model Project involving experts in child psychology and welfare. This concept is currently in planning with Government agencies as a trial project in Bali, Indonesia.*