Throughout history, we have heard of, learned of, and participated in the fight for freedom for those who are enslaved. After Lincoln's term, after Martin Luther King Jr.'s daring dream in the Capitol, we believed that the freedom-fight was over and won. And yet today, in this moment of the 21st century,there are more souls enslaved than ever in human existence. Simply put, of the 27 million people in slavery, 1.4 million are sex slaves; and those 1.4 million bodies are being raped and beaten to generate $32,000,000,000.00 (32 billion dollars). Heartbreakingly, 99% of women and girls trafficked are never recovered. Only 1% are rescued.
It's easy to become numb to the dehumanizing digits and numbers, until we put a name and hear the story of that one precious 1%.
"Natalia had met him through a friend and they had arranged to meet up for a coffee date. She was excited to meet him and thought they were having a great time, laughing and chatting. What Natalia didn't realized was that when she went to the bathroom he drugged her coffee, causing her to pass out. She was thrown into the trunk of a car and driven away. When she finally awoke, she found herself chained to a bed, in a different country. Natalia was raped and beaten repeatedly. Soon after she was sold as a sex slave....
However, Natalia is a part of this 1%. After being rescued, Natalia was brought to one of the A21 safe houses. She was given full medical care including treatments and testings. Natalia was also provided with life skills and job trainings, to help her take back ownership of her life to give her freedom, hope and a new chance at life. The A21 lawyers also helped to see Natalia's traffickers sentenced to 15.5 years in prison and fined €108,000." (theA21Campaign.org)
If you are interested in doing your part to abolish modern day slavery, shop our Freedom Tote (which is freeing women from the sex trade in India) or the Redeemed Necklace (which is redeeming women in Southern California from lives of sexual exploitation).
Also, give to the A21 Campaign to do what you can to bring hope for these women! Together, we can change the world!
P.S. - While you were reading this, 8 more women were trafficked over international borders. Be a part of that 1%'s rescue story!
"I came to Hollywood to pursue a dream in the music industry, but within a few days I was practically forced in to prostitution to survive. I became a stripper, a drug addict...... for 10 years I lived a lie and didn't see my family. Hollywood threw me a bone occasionally that kept me believing it would all work out in time. It wasn't until I was arrested and spent some time in Sybil Brand, a women's correctional facility for car theft and drug possession, that I began to realize my life was out of control.
Soon after I was released, I left Hollywood and came to the high desert to escape that environment. I prayed that God would help me get away from this lifestyle that I was afraid to leave.Those years are behind me now, but it was because I found the truth. I found out that I am Cherished and loved more than I could have known. I was just looking in all the wrong places! I love being able to reach out to the girls in the industry and support them in what they are going through because I remember what that life was like."
Kate's entire life has been transformed because of the love she found in God - which now includes a life of peace and joy with her wonderful husband and children. She started Cherished, a faith-based outreach and support group in the high desert that reaches out to women and victims of commercial sexual exploitation and trafficking, empowering those who are ready with the message that they are loved, valued and cherished. Artisans who are in the support group are invited to make jewelry to help supplement their income and to pay for the professional, individual counseling offered through Cherished! Their redeemed necklace is created by women that have escaped a life of abuse and have now found hope again. They are learning that they are Cherished!