Why Rescue –
There are 40 million slaves in the world today – one in four of those are children.
Modern slavery is the severe exploitation of humans. Slavery can be seen when children or adults are trapped in a life of bondage without any autonomy over their life. It is commonly seen in the form of human trafficking. Human trafficking can include sex trafficking, debt bondage or even labor trafficking.
There are more slaves in the world today than any other time in history. Today, slaves are cheaper than they have ever been, costing about $90 worldwide.
Jana* was one of those slaves. At the age of 9 she was tricked by a relative and found herself as another human trafficking statistic,while caged in a red light district. Jana is from an impoverished community and her family could not afford to search for her. Without intervention, Jana’s life expectancy was five years. Inside of a red light district (as a victim of human trafficking)Jana’s life expectancy was to die at the age of 14. Fortunately for Jana, she came into contact with our outreach team and was rescued after three years in a cage.
Sarah* is one of those slaves. Being raised in the foster care system was perfect training for Sarah to be picked up by traffickers. She was used to being moved around without warning and everyone who cared for her was always paid to do so. When Sarah’s pimp asked for her help to support “the family” it made perfect sense. Once Sarah aged out of the foster care system, she had nowhere else to go and no one else to turn to besides her pimp.This is how Sarah found herself as another human trafficking statistic.
Why do we rescue? Because when we hear the stories of human-trafficking victims we see our daughter’s, sister’s, and mother’s faces. We see women who deserve freedom and we are compelled to act because we can help bring that freedom. Because we are free, we have the responsibility to do our part in rescuing those who are trapped. But it isn’t just a responsibility; it’s an invitation to see the most broken lives restored.
*Name changed to protect minor.
How We Rescue -
We actively work in partnership with local care networks all over the globe to rescue and rehabilitate human trafficking victims and their children. We provide extensive after care, including medical attention, counseling, vocational training and education to help victims rebuild their lives.
We also work to provide preventive measures to communities where children are at-risk of being trafficked. We do this by, not only educating them about sex trafficking, but also by helping meet the needs that make them vulnerable to traffickers. We believe the best kind of rescue happens before a child is ever taken.