It’s estimated that 600,000-800,000 men, women, and children are trafficked across international borders every year, and that 200,000 U.S. citizens are trafficked within the States alone. About 20% of all trafficking victims are children. Supporting projects that prevent, rescue, and rehabilitate victims of trafficking is of utmost importance.
Rescuing children from sex trafficking is only half the battle. Caring for survivors is the other half. Rapha International works to help survivors reclaim lost childhoods and prepare for the future with safe and loving aftercare campuses.
The doTERRA Healing Hands Foundation and Wellness Advocate Rebecca Hintze together donated to Rapha International and completed the doTERRA Healing Hands Art Center in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Along with funding the construction of the art center, the doTERRA Healing Hands Foundation supported the interior design and curriculum training.
This facility uses art therapy to help survivors express themselves, find their voice, and release the pain they endured. Painted on the wall is a quote that every girl sees each time she enters the art center: “Art Is the Daughter of Freedom.” With help, each of these rescued girls has the chance to live a life of freedom.
In areas of extreme poverty, a false job offer or fraudulent marriage is all it takes to convince someone to travel away from his or her village and leave behind networks of support. With low rates of female literacy and employment, opportunities are rare, and early marriages remain common. These factors set the stage of vulnerability; however, it is the open border between India and Nepal that presents fertile ground for the trafficking of women and girls between the two countries. Over 15,000 women and girls are trafficked across this border and into India’s sex trade each year.
Free for Life and their border monitoring station serve as the front line in rescuing and restoring these women. Free for Life works to identify and intervene on behalf of victims of trafficking—as well as those who are at-risk—through educational materials and staff members who are trained to identify potential trafficking situations.
Wellness Advocate Gabrielle Thompson saw the need and reached out to the doTERRA Healing Hands Foundation, which matched the money she raised together with Free for Life in order to support the interception and rescue of human trafficking victims in India.
With support from organizations such as the doTERRA Healing Hands Foundation, Operation Underground Railroad (OUR) has conducted rescues and facilitated trafficked survivor aftercare across the world. In 2019 alone, they have fought trafficking in Cambodia, Colombia, Peru, Haiti, Guatemala, Ukraine, and Thailand. (Photo by Elevatus Foundation)
Among many successful rescues, funding from the doTERRA Healing Hands Foundation has supported the following highlights of 2019:
• Five siblings were rescued in Cambodia after their mother sold three of them in order to feed her drug addiction.
• OUR is working with police officials in Columbia, under the direction of the Columbian president, to conduct investigations into human trafficking.
• Approximately 50 trafficking survivors and other at-risk girls in Haiti recently completed a vocational training program. They are prepared to enter multiple industries, and some are even starting their own businesses.
• Three survivors in Guatemala enrolled at universities and completed their first semesters in December.
• OUR rescued their one-thousandth survivor in Peru—a 14-year-old girl who had been enslaved for years.
• A forensics lab was created in Peru. Working with Peruvian officials, OUR helped evaluate what technology was needed to examine and process evidence more effectively. This will help officials rescue more survivors and prosecute traffickers.
• OUR partnered with Mission 823 in Ukraine to care for at-risk and vulnerable youth. This helps prevent trafficking before it even starts.
It’s easy to pretend that human trafficking doesn’t happen in your town, but the numbers say that it does. Greenlight Operation refuses to turn a blind eye. The organization has created large-scale impact by mobilizing communities and individuals to act. Afterward, they help survivors to heal.
When Wellness Advocate Anna Knaub was introduced to Greenlight Operation, she knew she needed to do something. There are an estimated 40 million victims of human trafficking worldwide. A heartbreaking 99% of those individuals aren’t rescued. Anna decided to enlist the help of the doTERRA Healing Hands Foundation in a collaborative effort to open Greenlight Operation’s first long-term restoration home in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. The home is expected to open in 2020 and will provide a safe place for survivors to heal.
The doTERRA Healing Hands Foundation helped Rapha International establish an art therapy center in Thailand for girls who have been rescued from sex trafficking.
In this special podcast episode, we take a look at the fight against human trafficking. We talk with a survivor of human trafficking about her experience, her escape, and what advice she has. We also sit down with Ashlie Bryant founder of 3 Strands Global to discuss how she became involved in the fight against human trafficking. Finally, we talk with David Stirling, doTERRA® Founding Executive, about how the doTERRA Healing Hands Foundation works hard to contribute to the fight against human trafficking.
In this podcast episode, we sit down with Ashlie Bryant, Co-founder, President, and CEO of 3Strands Global to discuss the organization whose mission is to mobilize communities to combat human trafficking through prevention, education, and reintegration programs.
In this podcast episode, we sit down with Stephanie Freed from Rapha House a doTERRA Healing Hands Foundation partner that provides aftercare for children who have been rescued from slavery and sexual exploitation.
In this podcast episode, we sit down with Jen Dyer from Operation Underground Railroad an organization who works to rescue children from sex trafficking and has been partnered with the doTERRA Healing Hands Foundation since 2016.