You may choose to look the other way, you can never say you did not know.
An overview of the problem:
Human trafficking or modern day slavery is a worldwide issue that has grown exponentially in our current age of globalization, free trade, and internet sales. Sex trafficking is a for-profit sex act that is prompted by force, fraud or coercion, or in which the person induced to perform such an act is under 18 years old.
Human trafficking is how we refer to slavery in our modern age. It is an issue that is growing fast than ever before due to global trade and travel and new levels of access through the internet. Many believe the issue only exists in the developing world, but in reality is is an issue that crosses every boundary including country, ethnicity, economic or social status and age. The CIA estimates 45,000 to 50,000 women and children are bought and sold each year in the United States. The methods of entrapment are often the same - lies, coercion and threats to the person or his/her family.
Most victims (an estimated 84%) turn to drugs and alcohol to numb the pain of being sold. Depression, anxiety, self-harm and post-traumatic stress are common in victims of trafficking, with PTSD rates similar to those Vietnam War veterans and torture victims. The tide is turning and the US government and many individual states and cities are passing law designed to abolish slavery by punishing those buying sex and caring for the victims. These laws are an important step towards freedom, and are also increasing our need for more places like Engedi Refuge, where victims have the help and support they need to heal and find restoration.
Reports indicate that over 90% of prostituted women want out of "the life" but have no safe place to heal. We are here to give them that place and opportunity.
The United States is the #1 destination for sex trafficking
Educating yourself on the issue is an important step to better understand how you can join our mission to bring restoration. Gratefully there are many available and helpful resources - below are just a few of our favorites:
Our Favorite Films:
Nefarious: Merchant of Souls (available to rent at nefariousdocumentary.com)
Sex + Money: A National Search for Human Worth
Chosen (available from Shared Hope International)
Our Favorite Websites:
Our Favorite Books:
Girls Like Us: Fighting for a world where girls are not for sale: A memoir (2011) by Rachel Lloyd
Just Course: God's great expedition for the restless Christian (2008) by Gary A. Haugen
Renting Lacy: A story of America's Prostituted children (2009) by Linda Smith
Helpful Ted Talks:
An Overview of Global Slavery: http://www.ted.com/talks/kevin_bales_how_to_combat_modern_slavery
The US State Department creates a Trafficking in Persons (TIP) report each year that is a comprehensive look at the issue globally. Most recent report http://www.state.gov/j/tip/rls/tiprpt/