This is How Traffickers Can Trick Their Victims

This is How Traffickers Can Trick Their Victims

A trafficker’s main method of control is psychological. This is manifested in various ways, such as giving victims a hopeful (but false) timeframe of liberation or buying them gifts. Another tactic traffickers use is convincing their victims that they truly love them. This is something that happens to kids, teenagers, and adults alike. One woman shared with our Aftercare Team that her trafficker would dye her hair for her. She felt loved by this action because no one else in…

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2014 Operation Mundo Nuevo Update: Seven Traffickers Convicted

2014 Operation Mundo Nuevo Update: Seven Traffickers Convicted

Operation Underground Railroad would like to salute the Dominican Republic government and International Justice Mission (IJM) on their great work in serving justice to the human traffickers and providing healing and redemption to the victims of our joint “Operation Mundo Nuevo” in August 2014. Thirteen survivors were rescued during that operation. Due to dozens of suspended hearings and other delays, their perpetrators were not immediately convicted. On January 22, 2018, a Dominican Republic court found seven human traffickers guilty of…

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Marshall University Students and Staff Assist in the Liberation of Almost Forty Child Trafficking Victims

Marshall University Students and Staff Assist in the Liberation of Almost Forty Child Trafficking Victims

Through a partnership with O.U.R., a group of forensics students has assisted in the liberation of almost forty child trafficking victims and the arrest of ten suspected traffickers. “There are no words to describe the feeling you get when you discover the information you uncovered helped save several children from being trafficked. Although the work we do is behind the scenes, we feel like a huge part of the team.” – Tiffany Hussell, Program Manager for the Department of Forensic…

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A Valentine’s Day Celebration in Thailand

A Valentine’s Day Celebration in Thailand

We believe in seeing kids through their entire journey of their healing process. Our Aftercare Team makes an effort to be a part of events like birthday parties, graduations, and beginning college. We also love to celebrate holidays with them to make new and lasting memories. O.U.R. Aftercare Director Jessica Mass recently visited one of our partnering aftercare homes in Thailand. All of the boys wanted to show her this giant Valentine’s Day card they created. They were excited to…

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From “A Nobody to Chosen”: Healing from Survivors’ Eyes

From “A Nobody to Chosen”: Healing from Survivors’ Eyes

This is a picture of a wall in one of the aftercare centers I visit as a volunteer for Operation Underground Railroad and it happens to be one of my favorite things to look at. As survivors are brought into this aftercare center after being rescued they are asked to think about some of the words that they feel describe them. The words are then painted on the wall in black. Some of the words painted on this wall in…

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Adobe Free at Last Event Raises Over $48,000 in Rescue Kits and Donations

Adobe Free at Last Event Raises Over $48,000 in Rescue Kits and Donations

On January 19th, the second annual Free at Last Event was held at Adobe Lehi as a celebration of freedom from slavery. This event lets us reflect on Martin Luther King’s message and vision to “let freedom ring” for every person. Even though slavery still exists today in different forms, we celebrate every gift of freedom and will continue to fight against sex trafficking. This event helped raise over $32,000 worth of goods for rescue kits and over $16,000 in donations…

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This is How America has United to Fight Sex Trafficking

This is How America has United to Fight Sex Trafficking

Although our communities are becoming more and more susceptible to the sexual exploitation and trafficking of children, we also have come a long way in fighting the issue here in America. There are people all over the nation uniting to fight the exploitation of children. The National Human Trafficking Hotline is equipped with a network of resources for human trafficking victims. Their network consists of over 3,200 contacts including anti-trafficking organizations, legal service providers, shelters, coalitions, task forces, law enforcement,…

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The 1,000th Survivor Rescued

The 1,000th Survivor Rescued

There is a girl, Sara, that you may be familiar with from our stories in the past few weeks. She is a young girl that went missing a few months ago from a community that our aftercare team works closely with. We work with people that visit Sara’s community weekly to strengthen families, provide education, and spread awareness about trafficking. Since this community is at high risk for trafficking, it is important to educate the at-risk girls about what grooming…

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This is How O.U.R. Works with Law Enforcement in the United States

This is How O.U.R. Works with Law Enforcement in the United States

Each year, countless children around the world fall prey to sexual predators. It is estimated that two million children worldwide fall victims of commercial sex trafficking. Unfortunately, The U.S. is a microcosm of what is happening globally and the United States is no less immune from this vile plague of sexual abuse and slavery.  U.S. communities are becoming more and more susceptible and impacted by the sexual exploitation and trafficking of children. Trafficking of children has largely moved from the street to…

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Fighting Trafficking with Forensics

Fighting Trafficking with Forensics

Steve Whalen was working as a Delaware State Trooper when he was asked by the Probation and Parole Department to accompany them on home visits for sex offenders. These home visits were conducted to ensure that there were no violations of parole or probation. Due to the online aspect of many sex offenses, the parole and probation officers were concerned that their clients were using computers to access children or pornography. However, the technology was not yet developed to make…

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