Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about human trafficking, maybe because it’s become more prevalent in our world, maybe because it’s gained some more media attention through movies and TV shows, or maybe just because God wanted me to. At any rate, I ran across a company called Rescue Her and found it to be my next Mission Monday!
But before I get into Rescue Her, I wanted to give you some statistics:
- “The United Nations estimates that over 27 million people worldwide are trafficked for forced labor or sexual exploitation.”
- “Between 2001 and 2005, 140 defendants have been convicted of human trafficking in the U.S., which is a 109% increase from 1996 – 2000.”
- Some estimate that “80% of trafficking involves sexual exploitation”
- “32 billion dollars is made every year off the bodies of young girls & women in sex trafficking.
- “80% are female and 50% are children”
- “The average victim trapped in the sex trade is forced to have sex up to 20 times a day.”
- “More than 2/3 of sex trafficked children suffer additional abuse at the hands of their traffickers.”
- And most trafficking victims do not normally seek help “because they think that they or their families will be hurt by their traffickers, or that they will be deported.”
- “An estimated 14,500 to 17,500 foreign nationals are trafficked into the United Stated each year. The number of U.S. citizens trafficked within the country is even higher, with an estimated 100,000 American children being exploited in the commercial sex industry annually.”
- “There are an estimated 500 brothels disguised as massage parlors in the U.S. Victims of sex trafficking within massage parlors are forced to have sex with 6 to 10 men a day.”
- According to the US Department of Justice, the average age of entry into pornography and prostitution in the United States is 12 years old.
- “20% of all human trafficking in the US comes through Texas at some point.”
(All above statistics can be found at RescueHer.org)
- Though a good number of people being trafficked are runaways or troubled children/young adults, there are many cases of children/young adults being abducted from decent families with good backgrounds. Just read this survivors story from Manna Freedom or this story of Debbie who was abducted from her own driveway when she was talking to a friend.
- According to Resurgence, “The 2010 Super Bowl saw an estimated 10,000 sex workers brought into Miami. Despite efforts to crack down on sex trafficking at the 2011 Super Bowl in Dallas, there was still a tremendous number of women and children sexually exploited.” (The Resurgence)
- For those of us who live in Texas, I wonder if you knew that our I-10 corridor is considered the #1 route for human trafficking. (Freedom Place)
If these statistics haven’t woken you up to the very real threat of human trafficking in our world and even in our own hometowns, keep researching, you will find, as I did, many a story after story of horrific conditions and treatment of children who are being abducted and forced into the human trafficking industry.
Rescue Her was started by Josie Carginan when God spoke to her to rescue one, then another, then another…just one at a time. The vision of Rescue Her is to raise awareness, raise funds, and rescue and restore those who have been trafficked. The goals of Rescue Her as stated on their website are as follows:
- Continue to raise support for homes that are rescuing and restoring girls in India and Cambodia
- Open a safe house in Thailand
- Mobilize and train effective volunteers
- Organize mission trips to international homes
- Create and fund necessary programs and services for at risk and trafficked girls in the DFW [Dallas-Fort-Worth] area; also partnering with other area ministries and government agencies on various projects to fight domestic trafficking
- Speak to local churches, community groups and schools to educate and raise awareness on what international and domestic trafficking looks like
So how do we help Rescue Her in their endeavors? There are several ways…
- You can help as they partner with SHE Rescue Home
- You can sponsor a girl in their India Prevention program
- You can commit to Pray 2 Rescue and pray
- You can volunteer at the Rescue Her Headquarters in the DFW area
- You can purchase ZOE coffee or any other merchandise offered at the Rescue Her store
- You can also purchase a watch or other product offered at Hello Somebody as they partner with Rescue Her in their Hello: Freedom campaign
Will you pray about and consider how you can help rescue those who are being trafficked every 30 seconds in this world?