AS part of efforts to prevent child trafficking and sexual exploitation of children in Fiji, the Social Welfare Ministry has signed a memorandum of agreement with NGO Homes of Hope.
A ministry statement stated a grant of $10,000 was given to the NGO, which caters for victims of sexual exploitation and abuse.
Social Welfare permanent secretary Dr Josefa Koroivueta called on stakeholders to work together to address the issue of child trafficking.
"The strengthened networks with the NGOs like Homes of Hope enables information sharing and resources to effectively reach out to communities in ensuring children are protected from serious crimes like child trafficking and sexual exploitation," he said.
Lynn Roche, co-ordinator for the Safety Net Project from Homes of Hope, said the grant would go toward buying food items for the 25 girls who stayed at the residential campus.
She said the Safety Net Project was aimed at providing rehabilitation to girls under the age of 18 who had been victims of child trafficking and sexual exploitation.
"We see that over the years the number of children affected by child trafficking has increased and we believe the main reasons for this may be broken families and poverty," Mrs Roche said.
Homes of Hope was established in 1996 and provides residential care, formal and vocational training to victims of sexual exploitation.