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 the greatest injustice of our time. And we are committed to helping end it.
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.
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."
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.
People intercepted to prevent from being trafficked
Active transit monitoring stations
Countries where we have piloted transit monitoring
Transit monitoring staff members
Shelters for those who have been intercepted
Arrests stemming from our anti-trafficking work
Closed cases resulting in convictions
Project Beautiful members who make this all possible
*data updated February 1, 2020
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.
Shalva, 16 years old
Ashka, 17 years old
Mithush, 13 years old
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