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COVID-19 and Human Trafficking. What is Happening Right Now?

The global COVID-19 pandemic has necessitated incredible societal changes that few people were anticipating. If you are self-isolating and figuring out how to work from home while homeschooling your children or you have just been laid off, we sympathize. Rahab’s Daughters is dealing with unexpected challenges, too.Thanks to COVID-19 our phones are ringing double time with women either trying to escape trafficking or because they are abandoned by their traffickers. Imagine being forced to provide […]

How Does Someone Become Trafficked at Super Bowl?

Cammie was a college student struggling to pay her tuition when she met her trafficker. He was a charismatic Romeo Trafficker who lured her into a relationship, promising to help and allow her to safely and quickly earn money by dancing for clients. Instead, he forced her into prostitution for two years. *Names have been changed to protect the rescue’s identity. How did this happen? Her story began in Manhattan, New York, where she encountered her trafficker. His charisma and ability to initiate […]

5 Ways to Encourage Sports Organizations to Recognize and Fight Human Trafficking

Sporting events provide us with gathering places, camaraderie, and common cause. National and international events, like the Super Bowl, the World Cup, and the biennial Olympic Games draw tens of thousands of people ready to cheer on their teams and engage in friendly competition. It can be easy to get caught up in the convivial nature of the events and miss the trade that is happening in the shadows. Large sporting events concentrate the demand for both sex and labor trafficking and the high […]

Human Trafficking, It’s a lucrative crime!

The International Labor Organization estimates that human trafficking makes $150 billion annually. But what are the risks?The table below shows the Global Enforcement Data from the 2018 Trafficking in Persons Report. It describes the estimated amount of human trafficking prosecutions and convictions around the world each year.As you can see- the number of prosecutions is shockingly low for an industry that victimizes 20-30 million people around the world. Lasting legal consequences for human […]

Unconditional love is the answer (Lisa’s story, part 3)

Lisa hadn’t finished middle school by the time she was trafficked. From 13 years onward, she never stayed in school. “There was never an opportunity,” says Sam Wijeyakumar, founder of Rahab’s Daughters. So, Lisa piecemeals 1.5 high school credits until her rescue at age 17.Naturally, one of the first goals we had for Lisa, after settling her in a group home, was getting her enrolled in school. But the path back to reintegration is never a straight line.Part of how Rahab’s Daughters works with […]

Rescue is just the first step: It takes a village (Lisa’s story, part 2)

After our primary role of preventing trafficking, through education and advocacy, Rahab’s Daughters rescues, rehabilitates and reintegrates trafficking victims.As labor- and planning-intensive—and often dangerous—as the initial rescue may be, it is just the first step in a long process, from meeting basic human needs through giving the rescues the emotional tools, education and vocational skills to thrive. We can’t—and don’t—do it alone.When a person has been enslaved, they are stripped of […]