Prayer Request: Sandra

Prayer Request: Sandra

“Sandra” could use your prayers today. She will give her testimony, video and written, to the district attorney’s lawyer about the abuse she suffered in the past. These days are never fun for the children and it leaves them having to remember things they would like to not remember. Pray she will be strong, and truthful and comfortable in speaking boldly. We believe that a victim should never have to testify in front of their abuser or at trial. They…

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Survivor Spotlight: What is your Dream?

Survivor Spotlight: What is your Dream?

What is your dream? If the next stranger you saw asked you that question, what would you say? Maybe at some time in your life you could answer right away and maybe some of you would need some time to think about it. This is the story of one young survivor that without hesitation knew exactly what her dream was and that she was going to do everything she could to see it become a reality.  Some of you might…

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High School Lacrosse Team Signs on at CrossFit O.U.R.

High School Lacrosse Team Signs on at CrossFit O.U.R.

Herriman High School Lacrosse Coach Steve Haymond and his team recently signed on with CrossFit O.U.R. in Utah. Coach Haymond had been working with his friend Anna for eight months to find a gym that would fit their needs. After looking into signing on with CrossFit O.U.R., he determined that the gym would be a great fit for his team and would help them towards their goal of becoming a Top 3 lacrosse program in the state of Utah. Coach Haymond,…

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Survivor Spotlight: Giselle’s Escape from Trafficking

Survivor Spotlight: Giselle’s Escape from Trafficking

* This story was transcribed from an audio recording. The story is told by Mariana, the executive director of an aftercare home. How it Began “The victim is named Giselle, and when she was 22 she used to go to a Zumba class. It’s a public class with older people. She met this guy who [kept] watching her. She thought he was, physically [speaking], horrible – not handsome at all at all. This guy was showing a lot of interest…

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3 Creative YOURrescue Campaigns

3 Creative YOURrescue Campaigns

Many of you may be familiar with our platform YOURrescue, where volunteers all over the world can create their own campaigns in their local communities to benefit Operation Underground Railroad. Over 200 fundraisers have been completed so far, bringing in over $718,000. We are so grateful for the dedication and hard work from each volunteer who organizes these projects; we know it is not an easy task to plan and execute a fundraiser! It is inspiring to see how people…

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OPERATION NET NANNY NO. 9

OPERATION NET NANNY NO. 9

    Twenty-one child sexual predators were arrested in the recent Net Nanny Operation in Washington, which is part of an ongoing series of “Net Nanny” operations conducted by the Washington State Patrol. The first Net Nanny operation originated in Kitsap County in August 2015, and eight operations have been executed since. This ongoing series of undercover “Net Nanny” operations has resulted in a total of 135 arrests throughout the State of Washington. In addition, over twenty-two at risk and…

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OPERATION JARUL

OPERATION JARUL

  While Indian Rescue Mission (IRM) was on an investigation in Mumbra, they gathered intel about a lady named Rizwan running a sex business in the area and established a contact with her two weeks prior to Operation Jarul. Soon after, one of Rizwan’s agents asked IRM to come to Mumbra. She sent them two photographs of the girls and IRM responded they needed both girls and she agreed to it. Then, they informed an officer about their intel at…

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O.U.R. Gift of Freedom

O.U.R. Gift of Freedom

This upcoming Tuesday, November 14th, the Utah O.U.R. volunteers will be organizing a fundraiser called O.U.R. Gift of Freedom. Over 100 vendors will gather in the Startup Building in Provo to sell dinner, dessert, and gifts. The best part is 100% of every vendor’s proceeds will go to Operation Underground Railroad! The volunteers who organized this event have five great reasons for everyone to attend: 1. 100% of all the proceeds from purchases will go to Operation Underground Railroad to…

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How do you maintain hope when learning about trafficking?

How do you maintain hope when learning about trafficking?

“I’ve learned the answer to that question through my experience with other people who have had to live in that darkness.” –Tim Ballard Learning that a dark world of child sex trafficking exists is not an easy concept to swallow. Yet, many feel a pull towards fighting it. The question then becomes, how do you fight in such a dark world while still maintaining hope and light? The answer to this question is something that we hope to share with…

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OPERATION GIANT SQUIRREL

OPERATION GIANT SQUIRREL

  IRM (Indian Rescue Mission) received information of a man named Vicky who was running a prostitution business in a Pune City hotel. Vicky’s wife, Roza, who left him a couple of months ago, passed this information to IRM. Roza left Vicky because the police arrested him several times on human trafficking cases. Although she hoped that he would become a new person after each case, he never changed. He beat her several times, threatening her not to get involved in his business. She then approached IRM with…

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