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Through our work, more than 21,000 people have been intercepted and prevented from being trafficked into a life of potential slavery.

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The Prevalence of Human Trafficking

The reality of human trafficking is hard to wrap our minds around for two reasons:

First, we aren’t exposed enough to the horror and the reality of the lives of slaves. We can’t empathize or understand what they go through because we are often ignorant of it entirely. Second, the scale of trafficking is so extremely large, that it can be easy to mark off as too big of a problem for us to do anything about. The most recent consensus is that more than 40 million people live in slavery around the world today. That is more slaves in the world than ever before. Much of the slavery is consolidated in Asia and Africa. But if the slaves were equally distributed across humanity around the globe, that means approximately 1 in every 200 people would be a slave! 

This is staggering, but this is true. We believe human trafficking is one of the greatest injustices of our time. And we are committed to helping end it.

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What Is Human Trafficking?

We define human trafficking as moving someone into slavery. Slavery exists when a person does not have the power to refuse work. Trafficking victims are subjected to the worst forms of exploitation, and they are robbed, not only of the fruit of their labor, but of all the rights and freedoms that human beings are endowed with by nature. The inhumanity of the abuse, the violent and destructive nature of the crime, and the sheer volume of the problem lead us to believe that human trafficking is one of the greatest injustices in the world today.
 
Trafficking exists when there are signs someone used illegitimate means of control to move a potential victim toward a situation where he or she will be vulnerable to enslavement.
 
Clearly, human trafficking is a stark violation of human rights. It is illegal everywhere. However, there are pockets of the world where people trade in slaves with impunity, where the financial incentives are greater than the risks.
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How Does Trafficking Happen?

Human trafficking happens when illegitimate means of control are used to move a potential victim toward a situation where he or she will be vulnerable to slavery. These illegitimate means of control include:
  • Deception
  • False promises
  • Lies about the destination
  • False or forced marriage
  • Abduction
  • Threats
  • Drugging
  • Debt bondage (forced labor)
  • Witchcraft
  • Forged or falsified documents
  • Enforced confiscation of identity documents
  • Separating a minor from a guardian without consent (child trafficking)

We must understand that in many parts of the world, there is a hierarchy of human value. These different systems around the world (i.e. caste systems in Asia) have various ways of determining who is valuable and who is not in society. Selling someone becomes a viable financial opportunity for an individual who has grown up in a society that doesn’t value that particular type of person. It's also difficult for most of us to comprehend that in many trafficking situations there is a desperation of poverty that makes millions of people more vulnerable to these types of deception.

The Greatest Injustice

We are a faith-based organization and believe what Scripture says: Every human being is created in the image of God and therefore has intrinsic, infinite, priceless value ... regardless of nationality, financial status, or background. Nothing separates any of us from that infinite value because we’re all created in the image of God. So while we are motivated and compelled by God’s love to fight this horrific injustice of human trafficking, we realize this is NOT a universal sentiment.  

So we are standing in the places where governments are failing their people, where the judicial system is not enforcing laws, and where there is no force of will to stand in the way. That’s where we are working to convince people of value that they don’t necessarily see.

We are committed to making it expensive, risky, and dangerous to be a trafficker and more and more difficult to recruit slaves. We are fighting this injustice at the root—through our unique anti-trafficking strategy we call "transit monitoring."

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How we fight human trafficking

There are two main anti-trafficking strategies used around the world. The first is prevention through education and awareness, and the second is rescue. The downside to the rescue strategy is that the damage has already been done, and the rehabilitation process is extremely difficult. To fight human trafficking, Love Justice sits right in the middle of these two strategies—using our transit monitoring method.

Transit monitoring focuses on identifying and assisting potential victims of trafficking as they're being trafficked but before they reach the destination where they may be in danger of being exploited and enslaved. We “intercept” someone when we have good reason to believe that they are in the process of being trafficked or at high risk of being trafficked. 

This model aims to attack trafficking at the most strategic moment—while it is in the process of occurring but before potential victims have been exploited or enslaved. Transit monitoring is, as far as we know, the world’s only tangible human trafficking prevention model. With other common human trafficking prevention models (like awareness and job creation), it is difficult to say for sure whether any particular individual was prevented from being trafficked. On the other hand, the anti-human trafficking strategies that do have a tangible effect (such as rescue and aftercare) fail to prevent, and can never erase, the horrible trauma that trafficking victims face. It costs us around $100 to intercept one potential victim to prevent him/her from being trafficked. 

STEP-BY-STEP INTERCEPTION PROTOCOL:

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Transit
Monitoring

Staff stand alert and look for signs of trafficking.
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Questioning
Potential Victims

When they see signs of trafficking, staff will approach the potential victim and show their ID card. They will then begin questioning according to the questioning protocol listed on the front of our Interception Record Form (IRF).

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Interview
& Red Flags

If staff uncover a red flag as they proceed with questioning, they will take the potential victim to the booth for further investigation. At this stage, the potential victim should be questioned separately from the trafficker.

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Booth
Interview

At the booth, staff will continue to follow the questioning protocol, marking any red flags that they uncover on the front of the IRF. They should contact the potential victim’s family at this stage if possible. If they determine it is a trafficking case, they will complete and submit an IRF.

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At the
Police Station

Once staff have determined that the person is definitely being trafficked, they will contact the police. At the police station, staff have the opportunity to file a case (with police support), and the trafficker may be taken into custody. Police may need to give their permission before the victim can be taken to a shelter.

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Shelter
Arrival

Our staff will escort the victim to the safety of a nearby shelter. When they arrive, the victim will be warmly greeted by the aftercare coordinator, who will record their arrival in the shelter logbook.

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Shelter
Care

While at the shelter, the victim will receive love, gain awareness about trafficking, learn about opportunities that may be available to them, and hear the gospel.

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Victim
Interview

The interview will take place in private, with no more than two (female) staff present. This interview will be recorded, and the Case Information Form (CIF) will be filled out. After the interview, staff will make an evaluation and recommendation at the end of the CIF.

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Returned
Home

Lastly, the victim's immediate family members will come to get them or give permission for someone else to take them safely home.
Learn More About Our Approach

We've intercepted over 21,000 individuals to prevent them from
being trafficked. And that number is growing every day...

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21,777

People intercepted to prevent from being trafficked

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42

Active transit monitoring stations

10

17

Countries where we have piloted transit monitoring

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192

Transit monitoring staff members

6

19

Shelters for those who have been intercepted

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835

Arrests stemming from our anti-trafficking work

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48%

Closed cases resulting in convictions

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700

Project Beautiful members who make this all possible

*data updated June 1, 2020 

 

Beyond the Interception

The Power of Data and Technology in the Fight Against Trafficking

One of the most valuable benefits of our strategy is the data we are able to collect. When you do preventative work to fight trafficking, there is no tangible data because it involves mostly awareness and education. Similarly with rescue efforts, those you are saving might have been enslaved for years, and most of the information about how they were recruited by their traffickers is several years old and no longer accurate since trafficking networks adjust and adapt very quickly.

So where we sit—intervening at the moment of transportation—we have the victim who hasn’t been abused yet with FRESH information about how they were recruited, the job they were offered, the amount of money they were promised, how they traveled from their point of origin, support systems that the trafficker used along the way, the phone number of the trafficker, physical descriptions, and more.

All of this information becomes invaluable in our intelligence-led investigations. We funnel all of the collected data points from each interception into a database we’ve created, in order to track down traffickers, pursue arrests, and ultimately dismantle trafficking networks and systems across the globe.

This data is largely missing in the anti-trafficking sphere due to the hidden nature of the crime, so not only does it inform and improve our own work, but we are able to share this information with other anti-trafficking efforts across the globe.

Another exciting way that we get to use this data is with our community of monthly donors called Project Beautiful. We are able to connect these donors directly to the anti-trafficking work in the field that their dollars are making possible. So each day, our database that collects victim stories, arrest stories, and more from the field, pushes these updates to Project Beautiful members through an exclusive app.

A case has already been filed against the trafficker, and the police are searching for the two other traffickers involved with this case. Thank you, Love Justice!

Shalva, 16 years old

Though I am educated, I was deceived by human traffickers. Love Justice stopped us on a train at the India-Nepal border. They saw that I was scared and realized I was in trouble.

Ashka, 17 years old

My heartfelt thanks are due to Love Justice who rescued me from ending up in a hellish life as a slave in the sex trade.

Mithush, 13 years old

 

What if you could help make these stories of freedom possible?

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Watch to learn how you can help end human trafficking. Join the fight to end modern-day slavery today!

 

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How Can You Help Fight Trafficking?

You can join the fight for justice today and advocate for those who are marginalized, oppressed, and hidden. Join us in the fight to protect their human rights in one of these ways:

  • Join Project Beautiful, our monthly giving community dedicated to ending human trafficking.
  • Give a one-time gift to Love Justice International. Right now, it only costs us around $100 to prevent a life from being trafficked.
  • Fundraise for our work. This can look many different ways—from brand partnerships, to Facebook fundraising, to events, to corporate sponsorships, to much more!
  • Mobilize your church or small group to join the fight.
  • Learn about how you can volunteer as an advocate for Love Justice.
  • Get creative! Contact us with any fundraising ideas, and we can connect you with the resources you may need. 
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