Victims that have been a part of the foster care system: 76%
Underage sex trafficking victims who said they had been advertised or sold online: 75%
Girls sexually abused before their 18th birthday: 25%
Those that have the hope of rescue: 1%
Education and awareness shed light on the dark reality of sex trafficking. Into the Light strives to educate communities, churches, first-responders, and law-enforcement on understanding and identifying sex trafficking victims. Using the Traps of the Trafficker presentation, our Juvenile Detention Outreach team educates high-risk females on avoiding the tricks and traps sex traffickers use to lure their victims.
Victims are identified through the presentation of the Traps program and our partnerships with juvenile detention centers. Into the Light works closely with law enforcement to provide vital information to assist them in finding the predators. Our first-responder trainings allow for individuals on the front-lines to better understand sex trafficking and how to quickly identify a victim. In 2016, Into the Light will launch an internet surveillance team to identify potential victims of sex trafficking on the internet.
Once victims have been identified, we work as advocates for survivors by assisting the juvenile justice system in finding the resources they need to place them on the path to healing. As there is currently no place of healing for minor survivors of sex trafficking in the state of Arkansas, Into the Light continues in our mission to establish trauma-based, residential care for minors.
"If prayer is a priority in your life"
While human sex trafficking is a dark issue, we are confident that Christ came to shed light on this darkness. We need committed prayer warriors who will develop a monthly prayer meeting, call the church to prayer, and organize and distribute prayer needs to our committed prayer partners.
For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. - Ephesians 6:12
"If you have leadership qualities and love meeting new people"
Assist in developing church partnerships and liaisons. Educating the church is vital to ending trafficking and bringing healing to survivors.
"If you like posting daily on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram"
Use Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other social media outlets to develop ways to engage audiences with Into the Light’s vision and bring the hope of Christ into the darkness of human sex trafficking.
"If you like speaking in front of a group"
A team devoted to advocating on behalf of Into the Light at major speaking events, community information tables, and within personal social circles. This team will also focus on educating youth groups and at-risk teens.
"If you know creative ways to make money"
Help develop creative ways to raise sustainable funding for Into the Light and develop long-term financial partners. Partner with staff and other volunteers to carry out fundraising events.
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