Trafficking of children has largely moved from the street to the Internet. A study by Thorn indicated that 63% of survivors they interviewed were sold online at some point. Additionally, explicit child pornography is being traded online between pedophiles at astronomical rates. When a recording or image of sexual abuse is made or released onto the Internet, it is often passed around, which makes it stay around for a long time. It haunts the children depicted in it who live daily with the knowledge that countless strangers use an image of their worst experiences for their own gratification. This commercial sex trafficking trade leaves these young lives with permanent psychological, physical and emotional scars. To O.U.R. and its supporters this is unacceptable!
We want to do everything we can to save our children in the U.S. and around the world. O.U.R.’s army of supporters are passionate about saving children everywhere, especially in our own backyard. Therefore, we are committed to empowering our local law enforcement agencies who are best positioned to detect, disrupt and dismantle traffickers and child predators.
O.U.R. is so very grateful for the dedicated men and women in law enforcement who brave the rigors of battling human trafficking and child exploitation everyday in America. That being said, O.U.R. recognizes that it takes special training and state-of-the-art technology coupled with unique skills to adequately attack this despicable criminal element, and not all departments have what they need to address trafficking in their cities.
This is why O.U.R. makes every effort to support our domestic law enforcement partners however possible. This comes in the form of training, equipment or other specialized tools and technology to increase their abilities to conduct human trafficking and child exploitation investigations and operations.
O.U.R. does not operate in the U.S. We empower our law enforcement heroes by helping them fill voids that prohibit them from aggressively and effectively identifying and saving victimized children, and seeking justice for the monsters who violate them.
If contacted by a law enforcement agency requesting O.U.R. assistance, O.U.R. will facilitate capability evaluation and need in order to assist however needed. O.U.R.’s goal is to enhance our police officers’ ability to take a very measured, tactical approach at combating trafficking in their area of responsibility and influence.
Our process of determining who and how to support is based on the following criteria:
- The law enforcement agency (LEA) recognizes that trafficking is happening everywhere, even in their area of responsibility and has the will and commitment to address the criminal activity.
- The LEA can articulate resource gaps and other inhibiting factors that their regular budgets will not cover.
- The LEA is willing to collaborate with O.U.R. to devise a strategic plan to combat human trafficking and child exploitation in their jurisdiction.
- The LEA shares their successes with O.U.R. so that O.U.R. supporters can know that their contributions are helping law enforcement to save children and arrest those who prey on children.
We invite any U.S. law enforcement agencies who would like to partner in such a manner to contact us. We have many current partners who have experienced significant successes. We are so privileged and honored to help our law enforcement professionals in this valiant cause to save children in our U.S. communities.
What can YOU Do?
Homeland Security Investigations was able to catch a man with help from training that the O.U.R. team provided. We are grateful for the opportunity our team has to support law enforcement in the U.S. and around the world to protect kids from trafficking. Read the full story here.
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