OUR Rescue | OUR Rescue Skip to main content

Most Recent
2 min read
Education
How to Report Human Trafficking 

If you have any reason to believe that someone is in immediate danger, please contact law enforcement immediately by calling 911. “Human Trafficking is the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harboring or receipt of people through force, fraud or deception, with the aim of exploiting them for profit. Men, women and children…

Operation Wonky
1 min read
Operations
Operation Wonky

A bar owner was reportedly offering free accommodations, water, and electricity to attract new employees. After placing himself in a position of increased power, he reportedly encouraged six vulnerable hires to engage in sex work. Of these females, five were minors.   The vigilant OUR Rescue team in Asia used information…

ESD k9 Boone with handler
1 min read
Operations
ESD K9 Boone

An Illinois man is alleged to have secretly recorded his stepdaughter and other family members by using a camera that was disguised as a screw. Police say Timothy Mol, 45, placed the camera in a switch plate – the small piece of plastic that surrounds a light switch – on…

Our Rescue Operator standing in front of computer.
1 min read
Operations
Operation Los Cabineros

In Peru, it has been reported that two men worked together to create and distribute Child Sexual Abuse Material (CSAM) of boys between 8-10 years old.  One of the suspects operated an internet center on the first floor of his home. With video games available to be played, this gave…

1 min read
Operations
Operation Snow White

In Thailand, a woman allegedly began trafficking a 13-year-old on her first day of work at a karaoke bar. For six days, the minor was reportedly exploited to provide business clients with the specific sexual services they desired. OUR Rescue operators became suspicious of criminal activity at the bar and…

6 min read
Education
The Truth Behind Sound of Freedom

With your newfound awareness gained from the film, knowing accurate information about child exploitation and human trafficking is the next step to effectively fight this unimaginable crime.

Rosco the dog
2 min read
Operations
More Than a Dog: Rosco’s Impact

Dogs are often described as “man’s best friend” because they provide unconditional love to their families and those around them.  Rosco, a 2-year-old labrador retriever, fits that description perfectly. However, he is no ordinary dog. He works to keep children safe by fighting back against predators seeking to sexually exploit…

A girl stands in a doorframe in Cambodia
4 min read
Education
Modern-Day Slavery: An Invisible Epidemic in Plain Sight 

Slavery is often talked about in the past tense, as if it no longer exists and hasn’t for quite some time. Unfortunately, that is not the reality.

A girl sits on steps holding a construction hat
5 min read
Education
What Is Forced Labor?

Defining Forced Labor  “Forced labor occurs when individuals are compelled against their will to provide work or service through the use of force, fraud, or coercion.” (U.S. Department of Homeland Security)  Specifically, forced labor refers to individuals 18 and older. Child labor, a subsection of forced…

A woman's arm is being tattooed with a heart
5 min read
Education
How Do Human Traffickers Mark Their Victims?

Human traffickers sometimes mark their victims with physical markings. These are often tattoos but can appear in various ways on the bodies of victims.

Human trafficking at the Super Bowl
4 min read
Education
Fighting Human Trafficking at The Super Bowl

While most of the world is focused on the game, law enforcement and organizations are focused on fighting human trafficking at the Super Bowl.

5 min read
Education
Why Hotels Are Being Sued For Human Trafficking

Hotels Are Facing a Surge of Human Trafficking Lawsuits

5 min read
Education
Human Trafficking Statistics and Facts In 2024

“Human Trafficking is the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harboring or receipt of people through force, fraud or deception, with the aim of exploiting them for profit. Men, women and children of all ages and from all backgrounds can become victims of this crime, which occurs in every region of the world.

1 min read
Survivor Care
Survivor Update: Flora Graduates High School

Flora was trafficked when she was 11 years old by a local gang in her hometown that was run by a judge. This was her life for two years before O.U.R. intervened.

1 min read
Education
The Real Person Behind the Character “Giselle” in the Film “Sound of Freedom” and the Story of Her Arrest

In 2014, O.U.R. conducted its biggest rescue operation to date. It was called Operation Triple Take, with three operations in three different Colombian cities to rescue victims of sex trafficking.

1 min read
Survivor Care
International Sex Trafficking Ring Dismantled – 51 Survivors Freed!

n a joint effort by the Hellenic Police, the Spanish National Police, INTERPOL, O.U.R., A21, and Homeland Security Investigations, 22 individuals were apprehended.

24 min read
Survivor Care
Voices of Freedom

We stand with survivors of human trafficking and exploitation in their healing journey. With your support, we can continue to provide survivors with invaluable tools they need to heal and thrive.

Screen grabs from the movie Sound of Freedom
6 min read
Education
Sound of Freedom: the Faces of Human Trafficking

"Sound of Freedom" is an award-winning film that depicts both real-life and dramatized rescue missions to help save children who are being sex trafficked across the globe.  Some of these stories are based on the actual work of O.U.R.’s partnership with law enforcement to bring criminal traffickers to justice.

6 min read
Education
How Big of a Problem is Human Trafficking?

How big of a problem is human trafficking? To answer this question, we don’t want to just tell you that human trafficking (most commonly labor and sex trafficking) is a huge problem, but also provide numbers that can be readily understood.

11 min read
Education
How can I, as a parent, protect my kids?

After people learn about human trafficking and the evil that exists in the world, one of the most common questions we get asked at O.U.R. is, “How do I protect my kids?”

1 min read
Education
How can I Identify Human Trafficking?

Learn the 13 common indicators to help recognize human trafficking in your area.

1 min read
Operations
Is Human Trafficking Happening in the United States?

Human trafficking is happening all over the world and the United States is no exception.

2 min read
Survivor Care
Survivor Story: Susie

Susie supported herself financially by braiding hair. She went door to door selling her services to locals in her hometown in East Africa. She had been toiling away in her small hometown, feeling trapped by circumstances that she couldn’t control. That’s when a chance encounter with a European man changed…

A young boy stands on the shore of a lake with a boat in the background
3 min read
Survivor Care
O.U.R. and the Fight Against Child Sacrifice

Over the past few years, O.U.R. has helped with cases concerning a shocking and long-standing practice that consistently occurs in some parts of Africa as well as a few other regions around the globe: child sacrifice. 

5 min read
Education
The Different Types of Human Trafficking

When people think about human trafficking, they often imagine the scenario in the major feature film Taken, where a young girl is abducted on a trip to Europe and subsequently exploited for sexual situations with paying customers.  While there are certainly real elements of human trafficking present in the film,…

2 min read
Operations
The Connection Between War and Human Trafficking

As the Russian war continues in Ukraine, the threat of trafficking exploits grows.

4 min read
Operations
How O.U.R. Went Undercover In One Of The Largest Anti-Trafficking Operations In Dominican Republic History

Responding to a request for assistance from the Dominican government’s Specialized Anti-Trafficking Police (PETT), O.U.R. Operators went undercover to confirm the existence of multiple transnational trafficking rings. These networks were reportedly dedicated to recruiting young women, between 15-23 years of age, to be sexually exploited for financial gain.

8 min read
Operations
How the O.U.R. Operations Team Grew From One Man To A Worldwide Anti-Human Trafficking Unit

The darkness of human trafficking is widespread across the globe, requiring the collaboration of law enforcement and anti-trafficking organizations to come together to combat the issue.

3 min read
Education
How To Spot Red Flags In Social Media Profiles

Knowing how to spot a fake profile can go far in protecting you and your loved ones against online exploitation.

4 min read
Survivor Care
The Link Between Mental Illness and Human Trafficking

Discussing the relationship between mental illness and human trafficking can help create an environment of understanding of the experiences of survivors, as well as how different mental conditions can affect one’s risk of being trafficked. 

2 min read
Education
LGBTQ+ Youth and Human Trafficking

While human trafficking affects every demographic, studies show that LGBTQ+ youth are at an elevated risk for being trafficked. This risk comes from higher rates of discrimination, less social and economic support, and higher rates of homelessness than the average youth (Polaris Project.) This combination of vulnerabilities culminates in an…

9 min read
Operations
Q&A With Undercover Idaho Police Officer

Once Sgt. Kuoha realized how common these sorts of crimes and online enticement were, even in his small jurisdiction, he and his team were determined to teach the predators a lesson.

1 min read
Education
FBI Detroit Warns of Increase in Sextortion Schemes Targeting Young Boys – Here’s What You Can Do

The most effective way to stop these criminals is by preventing young people from becoming victims.

2 min read
Education
How to Practice Online Safety While Using TikTok

You can take charge of you and your family’s online safety by taking simple measures online. We have collected some simple steps to secure your accounts - learn more today.

4 min read
Education
Myth or Fact: Massage Parlors and How They Play a Role in Trafficking

Illicit massage parlors are a growing issue in the realm of human trafficking and are easily disguisable in society, making this type of crime difficult to notice. Educating oneself on the signs are the first steps in tackling this widespread issue.

3 min read
Operations
How O.U.R. and Jordan Detection K9 Are Putting ESD Detection K9s Across the Nation

What started with one dog has grown into a nationwide task force of K9s, all helping law enforcement fight against human trafficking and child exploitation.

4 min read
Education
The Truth About Human Trafficking at the Super Bowl

Awareness campaigns and police operations run in Super Bowl host cities have garnered lots of media attention. But does the Super Bowl truly lead to an increase in instances of human trafficking?

2 min read
Survivor Care
Nine-Year-Old “Hailey,” Trafficked by Her Neighbor, Returns Home with a New Awareness of Her Rights

“Hailey,” age 9, was swimming in her local community pool down the street from her home in South America when her neighbor, an adult male, approached her.

5 min read
Survivor Care
The Boy in the Green Shirt

The “Boy in the Green Shirt” was an investigation that started in Southeast Asia after the police in another country found photos of an unidentified young boy in a green shirt being sexually assaulted. The offender had unique, identifiable physical traits, so local police were able to quickly identify a citizen with matching traits to this alleged offender...

3 min read
Survivor Care
Survivor Story: “I am free”

The O.U.R. Aftercare team was invited to Central America to visit an aftercare home, which was brought to their attention by a mutual friend and lawyer who is contracted there. She relayed to the team about the survivors who she had gotten to know and love and invited the group to come see for themselves.